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With Reform Jammed, Pelosi Moves Forward On Insurance Industry Antitrust Bill

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"Some of these sidebar issues are issues that are very important, they can be done, they can move quickly, and that's not about one thing before another," Pelosi added. "It's about time."

As I noted last night, there are a number of strategic and substantive rationales for the move. It can improve the comprehensive bill in the eyes of the House (making it easier for her to ultimately get a successful vote on the Senate's legislation). It turns up the pressure on all parties --but particularly the Senate--to make sure that a final, comprehensive bill passes. And it helps upend the narrative of a health care logjam.

As Pelosi put it: "You go through the gate. If the gate's closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we'll pole vault in. If that doesn't work, we'll parachute in. But we're going to get health care reform passed for the American people."

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