Getting the facts straight

To the editor:

I am responding to Mr. Brand’s letter published in Monday’s Journal, likening the current tax bill working its way through Congress to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Mr. Brand believes that Representative Pelosi made a statement in 2010 that Congress had to pass the ACA in order to see what was in it. This implies that no one in Congress knew what the Bill contained. That simply isn’t true.

Mr. Brand is taking Ms. Pelosi’s comments out of context and this shortened version of the statement doesn’t reflect its true meaning. The entire quote is, ” But we have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.” Although it’s a fuzzy comment, she was saying that the benefits of the bill, rather than the actual content, would not be revealed until it was fully implemented.

Also, Congress did know the full content of the Bill. The ACA document had been publicly available to both parties, and publicly debated, for months when she made these remarks in March of 2010. The original form of the ACA was passed by the House of Representatives in October 2009, and by the Senate that December. Every member of Congress knew what was in that bill and had the opportunity to debate it for at least three months before it was finally passed.

Laura Sievert

New Ulm