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Pelosi Links July 4 to Obamacare, Sequester to Paul Revere

Posted: June 29, 2013 at 8:45 am   /   by

Former Speaker Hails ‘Health Independence’

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is well known for unforgettable quotes, but sometimes even the tongue-tied California Congresswoman outdoes herself.

Who can forget the Pelosi golden oldies?

  • We have to pass the health care bill so you can find out what’s in it.
  • Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program.
  • Every week we don’t pass a stimulus package, 500 million Americans lose their jobs.

Now Pelosi has delivered another rhetorical flourish. When Americans celebrate the Fourth of July next week, she said, the holiday will take on a whole new significance because of Obamacare.

“Next week, when we celebrate Independence Day, we’ll also be observing health independence,” Pelosi said. “This week marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. It captures the spirit of our founders.”

Pelosi didn’t stop there. She used July 4 to bash Republicans for not reversing spending cuts mandated by sequestration.

“If Paul Revere were here today, we would need someone like him to be running through the streets saying ‘sequester is coming!’” she said. “This is very fundamentally important to the success of our country, to the survival of many here, to the strength of our military, as well as to the success of our economy.”

Pelosi clearly is not in touch with the polls. A new Gallup poll this week showed that 52 percent of the public disapproves of Obamacare, continuing the skepticism of the national health care plan that has existed since it was first introduced in 2009.

Among the uninsured, opinion was split in thirds: 37 percent of uninsured said Obamacare would make things better for their family’s health care, 35 percent said it would make no difference, and 34 percent said it would make things worse.

In a new Fox News poll, 82 percent said they think the Founding Fathers would be unhappy with the country this Independence Day. This includes 96 percent of those who identify with the Tea Party movement, 95 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of independents, and 68 percent of Democrats.

The poll revealed that 71 percent of voters think the government in Washington has too much power. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi should give that some thought as she links President Obama’s big government health care program with the nation’s founding.

John Walker

John Walker

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John Walker is a long time observer of American politics with experience in journalism, government, and public affairs.

During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.

Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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