Pelosi Won't Say If She's Read It To Find Out What's In It

By Penny Starr | October 10, 2013 | 5:24pm EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

( – As House Speaker in 2010, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) famously said of Obamacare, "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it." This week, when asked whether she has read the 10,535 pages of Obamacare regulations published in the Federal Register, she wouldn't answer.

Pelosi was asked the question as she left her weekly press conference in the Capitol Visitors Center on Thursday.

Pelosi Chief of Staff Nadeam Elshami quickly blocked access to the leader as he and other staffers walked with her down the hallway. “Madam Leader, Hi. Penny Starr, CNS News. The Obama administration –“

“We’ve gotta run,” Elshami said. “Thank you.” “I just wanted to ask a quick question about Obamacare and the 10,535 pages of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register--it’s just a yes or no question--have you read those? Madam Leader?”

Pelosi did not respond. followed up by sending an email to Pelosi’s communication’s director, Drew Hammill, providing another opportunity for Pelosi or her staff to respond to the question.

The email was not answered before this story was posted.

On March 19, 2010, fourteen days before the Affordable Care Act became law, then-Speaker Pelosi, in a speech before the Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties, said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

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