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Nancy Pelosi on Affordable Care Act ruling: ‘Now, Teddy can rest’

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Democratic health-care law might be a victory for President Obama.  But it's definitely a win for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who invested more personal capital in getting the law passed than perhaps any other individual.

Her aides said Pelosi learned of the court’s decision as she was wrapping up a meeting in the Capitol Visitors Center, aides said. Upon returning to her office, she placed phone calls to President Obama, Vice President Biden and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of former Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), a longtime advocate for health-care reform.

Aides said Pelosi left messages for Obama and Biden and told Vicki Kennedy: “Now, Teddy can rest.”

Pelosi also called her husband, Paul, and told him: “Sweetie, we won!”

She then left her office for a Democratic caucus meeting to review the ruling. Aides noted that she is wearing a pair of “lucky purple pumps” today that she wore on March 21, 2010, the day Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.

On her way to the meeting, aides said Pelosi ran into Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), a close friend.

“What a great victory!” Pelosi told Miller as they embraced.

“You bet your ass [it is],” Miller said in reply.

“I did,” Pelosi said, as they both laughed.

This story has been updated.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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