Despite not publicly fully supporting a single-payer health care system, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has admitted to deputy Democratic National Committee chair and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison that she’s behind the idea more than she leads on.
Recorded on video, Ellison makes the following statements:
“I believe in — I’m signed onto H.R. 676 which is a single-payer health care act. They call it Medicare for all. Yeah, universal health care. Real single-payer health care. I’m on that. But let me tell you this…”
“Is anybody taping me right now? OK, so, you may have heard that Nancy [Pelosi] is not for it, but that’s not really true,” Ellison said. “Nancy has to represent a very diverse caucus. She does not like getting out ahead of the caucus too fast. So she’s trying to get, she’s, you know, you know, she actually likes the concept.”
“She’s trying to get, you know, you know, she actually likes the concept. She says it’s the best way to do it. She says it’s the cheapest way to do it, but she’s got to make sure that she brings our Blue Dog friends along,” Ellison added. “And by the way, for any of us progressives who get mad at the Blue Dogs, if we didn’t have them, some of them would be replaced by Republicans.”
Pelosi has been a little reluctant about the whole thing.
“At a briefing with reporters last month, the House minority leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, replied with a flat ‘no’ when asked if Democrats should make single-payer a central theme in 2018,” The New York Times reported in June.
“The comfort level with the broader base of the American people is not there yet,” Pelosi said.
It’s another example of how dishonest politicians, especially the left, can be to those who put them into office. Just say what you mean! Take a queue from President Trump.