Washington (CNN) - One day before President Barack Obama signs into law the final piece of health care reform legislation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi Monday ran a rhetorical victory lap in her hometown of San Francisco, touting the benefits of the new law while also directly challenging Republicans who want it repealed.
"They want to reverse and repeal a prohibition on denying care on the basis of a pre-existing condition. Can you imagine making that case?" Pelosi said, linking GOP anger to one of the most popular aspects of the bill. "No, we like denial of service on the basis of pre-existing condition," she mockingly said of the Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) recently told CNN that Republicans would use the slogan "repeal and replace" in their Congressional campaigns later this year, acknowledging that a majority of Americans want some type of reform but rejecting the size and scope of the Democrats' plan.
Dismissing the Republicans' electoral strategy against the health care legislation, Pelosi additionally appears ready to armor herself against potential personal attacks made against her on the campaign trail.
"They tried it in 2006. They tried it in 2008," said Pelosi of the national campaign Republicans previously ran with the hopes of tying more moderate and conservative Democrats to an individual they called "a San Francisco liberal."
"It just proves the bankruptcy of their ideas... I couldn't care less," she dismissively said before deadpanning, "Actually, I should thank them. It really helps me with my fundraising."
Pelosi also told the supportive crowd at the San Francisco Senior Center that she jokingly disagreed with Obama during a conversation she had with him the day after the House approved the health care legislation. According to Pelosi, Obama said he was happier the night of that vote than he was the night he was elected president.
"Well, Mr. President, I was very happy last night too passing the bill, but I wasn't happier than when you were elected President, because if you had not been elected President of the United States, we would not be celebrating this victory," recalled Pelosi.