My, how one word can be used to change the influence of some 'quips' of a politician. In its lead editorial Sunday (Nov. 25, "Work with feds on exchanges"), the Standard cited Rep. Nancy Pelosi as saying "one had to read the health care bill to know what was in it." She might have actually used that highlighted word, though her most publicized quote was that one had to "pass" the bill to know what was in it.
That later statement reflected the process by which the then Democrat-controlled Congress passed the health care bill with little debate or input from others. Thus, both the politicians and public were ill-informed as to the actual ramifications that the bill will impose in the coming years (post election) as the taxes, fees, fines, etc., "come home to roost."
I do believe that President Obama would have had a much smoother second half of his first term and subsequent reelection had not his first two years been tied to the incompetency of the congressional leaders Speaker Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid.
William G. Carnahan