Asked in an interview airing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Pelosi refused to say whether she would vote for the legislative outline Obama published on the Internet last week.
"I like what the president has done,” Pelosi said of the White House’s efforts to reconcile the health care reform bills passed by Democrats in the House and the Senate.
“I want to make sure that we have - we have 3 criteria for us in the House, Pelosi continued. “Affordability for the middle class. And I think we can do a little better on affordability. I don't know that. We have to examine the language very carefully. Accountability of the insurance companies, and the president is very good on that. And accessibility to many more people. And he certainly is there.
So we just want to make sure the affordability language is as strong as it needs to be.”
After a year of work by Congress, the White House rolled out its own health care reform proposal last Monday. Obama’s proposal draws heavily from the reform bill passed by the Senate late last year before Democrats lost their crucial 60th vote to stop a threatened Republican filibuster. The White House outline also makes some nods to the bill passed in the House.
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