Saturday, August 1, 2009

Dear Speaker Pelosi …

… I take back some of the mean things I’ve said about you in the past. Why? Because of this:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday ramped up her criticism of insurance companies, accusing them of unethical behavior and working to kill a plan to create a new government-run health plan.

“It’s almost immoral what they are doing,” Pelosi said to reporters, referring to insurance companies. “Of course they’ve been immoral all along in how they have treated the people that they insure,” she said, adding, “They are the villains. They have been part of the problem in a major way. They are doing everything in their power to stop a public option from happening.”

This is probably empty grandstanding for the sake of public consumption. It wouldn’t surprise me if an insurance company exec wrote those remarks for her, such is my cynicism and distrust for all things Congress. (I’d call it a whorehouse, but whores provide a service for your money). But as the late, great Kurt Vonnegut wrote in his preface to Mother Night, we are, ultimately, what we pretend to be. So if Nancy Pelosi acts like a populist firebrand and stands up to the insurance companies, it still may have a positive effect, regardless of her motives.

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