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June 28, 2012

"Teddy can rest"

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi probably had a sense the Supreme Court would uphold key parts of the 2010 federal health care law she fought so hard to pass.

She wore her lucky purple pumps, the same ones she wore the day health care passed the House of Representatives in March 2010, according to details provided by her press staff.

Pelosi, who earlier had predicted a 6-3 victory (it was 5-4), was in the last few minutes of a Whip Meeting Thursday when she learned of the decision,and went to her office to make calls. She left messages for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

And she called Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who had fought for health care overhaul throughout his long Senate career.

"Now,'' Pelosi told Mrs. Kennedy, "Teddy can rest.”



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