One of the most famous lines in recent political history came in 2010 when then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress needed to pass Obamacare “so you can see what’s in it."
The Democrats’ fight to pass the health care reform bill was already arduous and divisive, but Pelosi’s famous line made a complete mockery of their efforts. Many Americans thought Pelosi’s remark exemplified career politicians: They care only about passing legislation to say they’ve done something, no matter the effects of that legislation.
On Tuesday, Pelosi’s famous remark came full circle when she took to her Twitter account to advocate that senators first read a health care reform bill pushed by Senate Republicans before passing it.
".@SenJohnMcCain calling out Republican hypocrisy is music to my ears. Americans deserve to know what’s in the bill,” Pelosi wrote, adding the hashtag “#TrumpCare."
.@SenJohnMcCain calling out Republican hypocrisy is music to my ears. Americans deserve to know what’s in the bill. #Trumpcare— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi) 1497991895.0
Pelosi was commenting on remarks from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who on Tuesday chastised the Senate GOP as “hypocrites” for "doing the same thing” as Democrats when they rammed Obamacare through in 2010.
"We used to complain like hell when Democrats ran the Affordable Care Act. Now we're doing the same thing,” McCain said.
Of course, Twitter users found the hypocrisy of Pelosi's comment to be quite laughable:
Wait, I thought you were OK with passing a bill so we could find out what is in the bill.
— Hawkeye Johnson (@Hawkeyee21) June 20, 2017
You are completely mental @NancyPelosi? Like seriously.. Your own words. We have to pass it to know what's in it.. what is wrong with you?
— GiGi (@Gigiteetee1234) June 20, 2017
Won't we have to pass it to find out, @NancyPelosi?
— Jane M. Cappiello (@janemarie1961) June 20, 2017
You dance in a parade of hypocrisy everyday, Nance
— Ashley (@ashleyamm) June 20, 2017
You didn't know what was in Obamacare Pelosi you just signed it
— Made In America (@dileximan) June 20, 2017
Americans deserved to know what was in the bill when we had to "vote for it to see what's in it" hypocrisy? U madam are the definition of it
— michael (@Chilltownfinest) June 20, 2017
I thought we had to pass it to find out what was in it? Isn't that how it works? Must have a short memory. Talk about hypocrisy.
— Nick_tx (@Nick_tx) June 20, 2017
Awe sweetie, we need to pass it to see what's in it. Remember?
— Laurie Lua (@ellesmera68) June 21, 2017
Senate Republicans plan to release their version of health care reform Thursday, a bill they've reportedly been secretly working on for weeks. The bill comes in response to House Republicans passing their own version of Obamacare repeal last month.
Vice President Mike Pence has said that health care reform will be enacted later this summer.