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Pelosi to House Dems: “Be Prepared to Lose Your Jobs Over Health Care”

Funny, I know one in Appleton who looks more than willing to sacrifice for the cause.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year.

Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.”
“We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”

It took courage for Congress to pass Social Security and Medicare, which eventually became highly popular, she said, “and many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.”

It’s unclear whether Pelosi’s remarks will embolden or chill dozens of moderate House Democrats who face withering criticisms of the health care proposal in visits with constituents and in national polls. Republican lawmaker unanimously oppose the health care proposals, and many GOP strategists believe voters will turn against Democrats in the November elections.

I’ve been told there’s already an ad from the “League of Amercian Voters” running against Kagen on Green Bay television stations asking people to call regarding the health care, urging them to tell him to vote “No.”

Kagen, of course, has indicated he won’t give a damn about what they say to him.

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