“It’s a funny thing, because I wonder why I’m not more …” she said, her voice trailing off when asked about missing the speakership. “We came here to do a job, and we did the job. … Those two issues, Wall Street reform and health care, were two that changed the leverage for the American people. Whether you were a consumer or a patient, the leverage is now with you. And that, for me, is why I am a Democrat: to have the leverage to be with the average person.”…
And by her reckoning, little or nothing about November’s losses can be attributed to the enactment of health care reform.
“If we had never passed the bill, we would still have had these losses. We were told a year ago: ‘If you’re anywhere near 10 percent unemployment, there’s no chance you can hold the majority.’”
“Nothing compares — in anything I have ever done — with passing the health care bill.”