The House of Representatives passed health-care reform yesterday, and the spinning will continue from both sides of the aisle for days, months and years to come.
Already, The Washington Post is reporting on President Obama’s “public relations blitz” to drive positive public opinion of the bill.
“The Republicans have way overshot the runway in their criticism of health reform,” White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told the Post.
After the jump, a look at some of the hundreds of press statements issued after the vote.
“After more than a year of debate, and by the way, the legislation that will go forth from here has over 200 Republican amendments, and while it may not get Republican votes and be bipartisan in that respect, it is bipartisan in having over 200 Republican amendments. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
“The House may have passed its latest, flawed attempt at health care reform, which translates to billions of dollars in new taxes and penalties on those who can least afford it, but the fight is far from finished.” –National Taxpayers Union
“Today, President Obama and Congressional Democrats accomplished something that has eluded Presidents, Congress and the American people for decades. –DNC Chairman Tim Kaine
“The Catholic Health Association applauds the U.S. House of Representatives and President Obama for enacting health care reform legislation that will bring security and health to millions of American families.” –Catholic Health Association of the United States
“We continue to believe that comprehensive health care reform will benefit patients and the future of America. That’s why we have been involved in this important public policy debate for more than a year and why we support action by the House to approve the Senate-passed bill along with the amendments found in the reconciliation legislation.” –The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
“Tonight’s historic vote marks a major milestone in the struggle to break the power of the insurance industry and provide quality, affordable health care for millions of American families.”
–Gerald W. McEntee, president, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
“We applaud the House for passing this critical legislation to make our health care system work for more Americans. Both chambers have now passed a bill that will make health care more affordable for American families, strictly limit insurance companies from denying affordable coverage because of age or medical history, and protect and strengthen the benefits promised to people in Medicare.” -AARP CEO A. Barry Rand
“We have failed to listen to America. And we have failed to reflect the will of our constituents.” –House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)