Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on a health care overhaul, in a speech yesterday: "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."
Might it be nice to find out what is in it before passing it?
In all seriousness, this idea that Americans are confused about what is in the health care bill is turning into a kind of theme on the left; Commenter Ben points to a post by Ezra Klein in which Mr. Klein cites a Gallup poll as evidence that "many of those in opposition do not know that much about the bill." I actually think the public totally understands enough about the outlines of the health care overhaul to oppose it. But for those who think the American people still are confused about what is in it, isn't that enough to cast some doubt on President Obama's famed communications skills? After all, Mr. Obama has given 52 health care speeches since taking office, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, who keeps track of that sort of thing.
Thanks to reader R.L. for passing along and kudos to Reason magazine for also noticing.