1. No Spending Problem Here
“It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.”
2. Unemployment Creates Jobs
“[Unemployment benefits] creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.” Pelosi also said it has the “double benefit” of helping those who lost their jobs and acting as a “job creator” on the side.
3. Health Independence?
“This week marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. It captures the spirit of our founders. The spirit they wrote in the Declaration of Independence.”
4. Obamacare Allows People to Quit Their Day-Jobs
“Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or, eh, a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance, or that people could start a business and be entrepreneurial and take risk but not [be] job-locked because a child has asthma or someone in the family is bipolar. You name it. Any condition is job-blocking.”
5. Obamacare is Slashing Deficits
“Many of the initiatives that he passed are what are coming to bear now — including the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said. “The Affordable Care Act is bringing the cost of health care in our country down in both the public and private sector, and that is what is largely responsible for the deficit coming down.” The Affordable Care Act is already three times original cost estimates at $2.7 trillion over ten years and will add $6.2 trillion to the long-term debt.
6. Government Fulfills Americans
“To some of us the role of government is about doing things for the American people to help them reach fulfillment.”
7. Finding Out What’s In Obamacare
“It’s going to be very, very exciting. But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…”
8. Politics Getting in Obama’s Way
“I don’t think [Obama’s] ever done anything for political reasons […] This has been a president as bipartisan as any that I’ve seen.”