Nancy Pelosi has represented the City of San Francisco in the House of Representatives since 1987 – and she’s become a major player in D.C. since the passage of health care reform.
Pelosi’s been a friend to the gay community for decades. She voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. She voted NO on a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. And she voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.
While most attention will focus on President Obama for pulling off a Herculean task that eluded many of our great presidents, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi emerges from this battle as the real powerhouse in Washington. She has pursued a clear ideological agenda but through pragmatic political tactics.
Legislation that will eventually extend health care coverage to more than 30 million more Americans, greatly expand the number of options that citizens have when purchasing health care, bring healthy citizens into the pool of the insured and thus lower costs and create important regulations on health care companies will be remembered as one of the biggest domestic policy changes since the Great Society of the 1960s.