Last updated on: 9/30/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Nancy Pelosi Biography

Title:
Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives (D-CA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“In passing this legislation, we made history for our country and progress for the American people. Others before us gave our nation Social Security and Medicare. This year, we added health care for all Americans…

This bill marks a giant leap forward for access and affordability. It will truly lead – as demanded in the vision of the AHA – to ‘healthier communities’ and enable millions more Americans to reach their ‘highest potential for health…

After a century-long struggle, health care reform is a reality for our nation.”

Speech to American Hospital Association titled “Pelosi to American Hospital Association: ‘In Backing Health Reform, You Stood Up for the Well-Being of All Americans,'” available at www.speaker.gov, Apr. 27, 2010

[Editor’s Note: In addition to the “Pro” statement above, we have included one additional “Pro” statement made by Nancy Pelosi due to the large amount of controversy it generated. Nancy Pelosi made the following comment during her Mar. 9, 2010 remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties:

“You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention–it’s about diet, not diabetes. 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, away from the fog of the controversy.”]

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • House Minority Leader, US House of Representatives, 2011-present
  • Speaker, US House of Representatives, 2007-2010
  • House Minority Leader, US House of Representatives, 2002-2007
  • House Minority Whip, US House of Representatives, 2001-2004
  • Founding Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus, 1991-2003
  • Chairwoman, Democratic Party, Northern California
  • Honorary Board Member, National Organization of Italian American Women
  • Congresswoman, US House of Representatives, 1987-present
  • Member, US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee
  • Member, US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee
  • Former intern, Senator Daniel Brewster (D-MD)
Education:
  • BA, Trinity College, 1962
Other:
  • Born in Baltimore (MD), Mar. 26, 1940
Quoted in:
  1. Are the 2010 health care reform laws socialist?
  2. Will fewer people rely on emergency rooms for health care?