Putting aside the idea that honest controversy constitutes a "fog," I nevertheless think that what she did not mean to say is more accurate than the meaning that she did intend.
She wants the public to "trust" their leaders to do what is "right." We needn't know now just what that will be.
Not only are there relatively few legislators who know what is in the bill, knowing what is in the bill is of limited help in finding out just what it will do to our health care system. As Charles Kesler writes in the latest issue of the indispensable Claremont Review of Books, the House bill, for example, contains:
scores of places where power is delegated to administrative agencies and special boards, which are charged to fill the gaps in the written legislation by
promulgating thousands,if not tens of thousands of new regulations that will
then be applied to individual cases. Voters sometimes complain that legislators
don't read the laws they enact. Why should they,in this case? You could read
this leviathan until your eyeballs popped out and still not find any "settled,
standing rules" or meaning that is "indifferent,and the same to all parties.
Of course, the administrative state is not a creation of the health care bill, but this is an extraordinary expansion of it in an area that is of great personal interest to and has a direct and immediately discernable impact upon individuals. Are there "death panels" or other mechanisms for rationing care in the bill? Well, there are certainly processes by which such rationing could occur. Just how it will happen is to be determined later.
Speaker Pelosi has made fun of ObamaCare critics who have suggested less ambitious reform ridiculing an "eensy,weensy spider" way of proceeding. Maybe so, but the public is understandably hinky about placing the most effective and advanced health care system in the world (and I mean both of those things) - one that delivers satisfactory care to an overwhelming majority of the population - into the hands of unknown pashas.
In the same speech, Speaker Pelosi gushes about how wonderful things will be. There will be "prevention, prevention, prevention" because its about "diet, not diabetes." I think that the public understands that when the good life is to be provided by the state, liberty, as Kesler puts it, "ceases to be a right and becomes a gift." It turns out that the public is less interested in being saved by Speaker Pelosi and President Obama than was commonly assumed.