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Pelosi Promises Muscle for the Middle Class October 16, 2009

Posted by Admin in Diary, Health Quote of the Week.
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On October 15th, Speaker Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference where she expounded on the public option and how the House health reform bill would turn out.

“I speak for the House of Representatives. I want to send our conferees to the conference with the most muscle for the middle-class,” she said. “That is best achieved by going to the table with a public option.”

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I appreciate Pelosi’s reference to the middle class.  Who are the middle class today? Here is one definition I always recall. My family attended an informational meeting for a neighborhood K-8 parochial school and the headmaster described the financial burden this way:

“If you make less than $40,000 a year, you will receive financial aid. If you make more than $100,000 a year, then you don’t need financial aid.  If you make between $40-100,000 you will hate me eventually. Why? Because every time you turn around, you will feel like my hand is reaching for your wallet.”

That is how I think of the middle class-that space between $40-100,000. This group has seen annual double digit increases in post-secondary education for their children (more expensive relative to income than it was for them); health care and housing.

Speaker Pelosi says she will fight for the middle class. Let’s hope she can also hold the President to his promise to not raise taxes on the middle class and have her conferees united enough to take on the Democrats in the Senate. (Maybe the Senate Democrats will become a more unified group in the next two weeks as well.) That’s the trouble with the “big tent” philosophy -it is a big tent!

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