Pelosi to wavering House members: Be willing to sacrifice your jobs for healthcare “reform”

Posted by: ST on February 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Via AP:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year.

Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.”
“We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”

It took courage for Congress to pass Social Security and Medicare, which eventually became highly popular, she said, “and many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.”

It’s unclear whether Pelosi’s remarks will embolden or chill dozens of moderate House Democrats who face withering criticisms of the health care proposal in visits with constituents and in national polls. Republican lawmaker unanimously oppose the health care proposals, and many GOP strategists believe voters will turn against Democrats in the November elections.

Pelosi, from San Francisco, is more liberal than scores of her Democratic colleagues. But she generally walks a careful line between urging them to back left-of-center policies and giving them a green light to buck party leaders to improve their re-election hopes.

Newsflash, Nance: Most politicos – including you – vote in line a majority of the time the way their constituencies want them to, no matter whether they are considered “moderates” or diehard liberals or conservatives. And this year more than any in recent memory, politicos – moderate and liberal alike – in your party are paying the price for lining up against them and with the left on big ticket items like healthcare “reform” (see the respective elections of Senator Scott Brown, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, and VA Gov. Bob McDonnell. Most polls are pointing to significant Republican gains in November for a reason: Just a little over a year into the HopeNChange administration, people aren’t liking what they’re seeing and are turning to the GOP for solutions.

Pelosi’s comments smack of desperation. Democrats are so hellbent on passing any healthcare “reform” bill that they’re begging their moderates to risk their jobs for it which, in effect, risks the left’s majority in the House? Is the Obama administration so desperate to pin an “accomplishment” on our celebrity President that they would endorse what the House Speaker is asking moderate Dems to do? Bring it on, PelosiCo. Keep putting your moderates between a rock and a hard place on healthcare “reform” and we’ll see what happens in November.

Oh, and BTW, Medicare is bankrupting this country faster than you can say “loser.” It’s a bloated, out of control bureaucratic nightmare that needs the type of reform that you and your party would never accept. Bad comparison.

B. Daniel Blatt adds:

Nancy knows her history about as well as she knows economics. It hardly took courage to pass those bills which were popular even before they passed. And today, there are concerns about the fiscal solvency of both programs.

Is Mrs. Pelosi thus suggesting that the Democrats’ proposed health care overhaul will soon also face financial problems?

Her arrogance–and that of the Democrats who continue to push this–is simply amazing. They claim they know better than the American people what’s good for them. They keep pressing forward on this–as if one more push will break the pattern of public opinion consistently moving against them since the debate began. And the tide will finally turn. Well, now she seems to have given up hope of catching a wave and is now saying that, well, public opinion doesn’t matter because we know what’s best.

Even if their knowledge comes from policies which have never worked in the real world and are similar to those which have not brought the desired results in jurisdictions which have tried them.

Andy McCarthy has a different take:

Consequently, the next six weeks, like the next ten months, are going to be worse than we think. We’re wired to think that everyone plays by the ususal rules of politics — i.e., if the tide starts to change, the side against whom it has turned modifies its positions in order to stay viable in the next election. But what will happen here will be the opposite. You have a party with the numbers to do anything it puts its mind to, led by movement Leftitsts who see their window of opportunity is closing. We seem to expect them to moderate because that’s what everybody in their position does. But they won’t. They will put their heads down and go for as much transformation as they can get, figuring that once they get it, it will never be rolled back. The only question is whether there are enough Democrats who are conventional politicians and who care about being reelected, such that they will deny the leadership the numbers it needs. But I don’t think we should take much heart in this possibility. Those Democrats may well come to think they are going to lose anyway — that’s why so many of them are abandoning ship now. If that’s the case, their incentive will be to vote with the leadership.

At the end of the summit debacle, President Obama put the best face on a bad day by indicating that he intended to push ahead with socialized medicine and face the electoral consequences (“that’s what elections are for,” he concluded). He’s right about that. For Republicans, it won’t be enough to fight this thing, then deride it if Democrats pull it off, and finally coast to a very likely electoral victory in November. The question is: What are you going to do to roll this back? What is your plan to undo this?

Food for thought.

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  1. Anthony says:

    Ya gotta love it. It’s so easy for her to order her troops to march off the cliff, since her seat is one of the safest in the country. She may not be Speaker next year, but she’ll at least still have her job. Unlike the stupid schmucks who obey the Red Queen’s mad commands.

  2. Tom TB says:

    If the people in a democracy won’t re-elect you for supporting a bill they don’t want; leave the public sector NOW! Why pretend you know more than your constituents? We actually live in the real world without the perks that we pay for.

  3. Mr Evilwrench says:

    I fear we may be up against it; November is going to be a bloodbath whether they pass this turd or not. Too many of them may realize they’re doomed already anyway. Although, I do still hope it’s only the shrill leftard leadership that’s really willing to go against form.

  4. Tex says:

    I wonder if it ever occurred to Pelosi that the reason the Democrats will be sacrificing their jobs voting for healthcare reform is because the vast majority of Americans don’t want THEIR version of healthcare reform? That democracy thingy keeps getting in THEIR way … dang it.

    Can she really be as stupid as she always sounds :-? ?

  5. We’ll I guess that as servants of this country all must be willing to the same sacrifice: whether it is Republicans or Democrats. This mission to uplift and provide betterment to the people should always be more than the self.

  6. Betty says:

    Pelosi reminds me of someone being asked to strap a bomb to themselves and go into a crowd. She basically is thinking along the same lines. Give your life for my healthcare bill. They are all insane!!

  7. Carlos says:

    Good analogy, Betty – the “leaders” of any movement, while their employment in “the cause” is safe, are always willing to talk others into dying for “the cause.”

    But I haven’t seen Osama strap on a bomb and use it yet. Or Mahmoud. Or any of the other dozens of “leaders” willing to sacrifice those dumb enough to follow to death a “vision.”

  8. Kate says:

    Nancy is NOT worried about her future….she has a platinum parachute and will be taken care of at taxpayer expense (with all the perks) since she would have enough tenure in congress to cover her retirement and health without Social Security or Medicare. This is the same for any senior congressman/senator or bureaucrat.

    She is pitching a line of bull….that the gullible, like Kristin above, seem to think she will actually be doing something heroic…it is not!

    This is all too tawdry…they have puffed up their little egos and now are making it seem like the world will come to an end without their brand of health care reform/public option/single payer, however you name it, the taxpayer and the YOUNG PEOPLE in future generations will pay a high price and make the ultimate sacrifice!

  9. John says:

    I am so tired of pundits making declarations of what the American people want. We live in a representative democracy. There is a reason for that. People in Washington should know more about issues than we do. We elect them to study & understand these things. If our Congress did what the poles said all the time, we would be in a terrible fix as a Nation.

    The argument for Health Care reform should stand on an analysis of the facts around current Health Care and how it effects our future in terms of our morale obligations and our ability to compete in future World markets.

    Where is the press in bringing the argument forth? Sad, sad. If the press continues to feed off of sound bits and pundits fighting for a political party, instead of America, we will continue to slip as a Nation.

  10. Carlos says:

    The full translation of what Pelousy said is: “Throw yourselves under the bus, because if you don’t I’ll do it for you. You don’t stay in line, you’ll never see another dime in your district!”

    ‘Course, that could be a good thing if she can’t get the votes. Think of all the pork we won’t see as a result.