Pelosi Just Made A POWERFUL Vow: America 'Will Not Go To A Casino' With Medicare

Pelosi Just Made A POWERFUL Vow: America ‘Will Not Go To A Casino’ With Medicare

Nancy Pelosi has vowed to lead Democrats in the fight against any Republican proposals to privatize Medicare. The Democratic House Leader from California has made a powerful promise to the American people that, irrespective of the president-elect or Senate Leader Paul Ryan‘s policy intentions, Democrats would stand united against any privatization of this core healthcare service. Pelosi took particular umbrege with ideolgical question being posited by senior Republicans as to whether or not congress should maintain a government coverage guarantee.

We are not going to a casino — this is a guarantee. This is a value system for us, and we will fight for it. Is it a guarantee, or not?

 

We know that when Pelosi says something she usually follows through on it – just ask George W. Bush.

In 2005, the former Republican president was enjoying, what he believed, was a period of political supremacy following the increased mandate he received in his re-election the previous year. Bush hoped to use this honeymoon period to enact social security privatization that was a priority of his presidency since first entering the Oval Office in 2000. This sense of invincibilty was complimented by the fact that Republicans had also increased their majorities in both the Senate and the House in 2004. This perceived perfect storm had Republican top brass and strategists pushing for the White House and Congress to implement a range of neo-con proposals that, they felt, would define the legacy of President Bushs tenure in office. Unfortunately for them, they hadn’t counted on facing a Nancy Pelosi at her passionate and inspiring best.

The Californian Representative led the Democrats in an opposition to the Republican proposal. An opposition that was defined by it’s commitment and united stance. This stance also inspired a grassroots movement that not only left Bush’s privatization policy dead in the water but also contributed to the Democrats regaining both houses in the 2006 mid-term elections.

Twelve years on and the parallels are frightening but one constant that should fill us all with hope is Pelosi’s commitment to ensuring that medicare does not become privatized. The insurance that this invaluable health services provides to millions of Americans should not be underestimated and its public accessibility needs to be fought for. Thankfully with Pelosi at the wheel, this fight will not be found wanting.

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