“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained Obamacare to the National Association of Counties’ 2010 legislative conference. It’s a line often quoted by conservative pundits attacking President Obama’s landmark health care legislation. It’s also one of the most misinterpreted quotes in modern politics.
Pelosi’s full quote actually advocates for reading the bill “away from the fog of the controversy” surrounding it. Fast forward to last Thursday, when multiple Republican Representatives who voted for the GOP’s American Health Care Act admitted that they hadn’t read it before voting.
Another Supreme Court ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act is expected before the end of the month. This time, the King v. Burwell case will decide if federal subsidies can continue to be offered to lower income Americans through the federally operated marketplace (healthcare.gov).
Last week, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina flagged down the Republican clown car as they each announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential election.
Interestingly, neither candidate has ever held political office (this is Carson’s first political campaign).
While cuts to unemployment benefits continue to top the headlines, House Republicans have set their sights on what they still perceive to be one of the biggest threats to our nation’s well-being: women having sex.