House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday morning that Obamacare is a certain unalienable Right, which is no big surprise coming from the Left.
Pelosi was speaking at The Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum when she argued that the president’s health care law is “all about” a great many things, one of them being a core tenet of American life.
“This all about the people, about the seniors, about the children … it’s about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Pelosi said to a gathering at the Newseum, a Washington, D.C. museum of journalism and news. At the top of her remarks, Pelosi gave praise to freedom of the press, and she harked back to it as she continued her explanation of Obamacare-as-product of the Declaration of Independence.
“As we talk about the First Amendment, let’s go back even further than that — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A healthier life, the liberty to pursue your happiness so that you’re not job-locked because you have a preexisting condition or your child does, but you are free — that liberty to pursue your passion, whether you want to be a writer, a photographer, be self-employed, start a business, change jobs. This is a transformative initiative.”
And oh, what a transformative explanation.
This is not the first time the nation’s House minority leader has made these comments — not by a long shot — but it’s comical that she’s continuing to use it as a talking point. Pelosi’s ilk say that it’s Republican obstructionism to the law that will keep people off of health insurance “even if it means half the country dies,” and yet Obamacare is forcing insurance cancellations. So much for the “life” argument. And where is the “liberty” in having to pay jacked-up premiums for the same health insurance?
As for “the pursuit of happiness” — there are actually still people unaware of the full Healthcare.gov experience?
A bonus quotation: Pelosi said Thursday that Obamacare’s rollout has been smooth sailing. Seriously.
“Everything rolled out without incident and to the benefit of the American people, until we came to this technological more-than-a-‘glitch.'”
This, America, was your Speaker of the House once upon a time.