Washington (CNN) – Nearly a year after Congress passed health care reform and the President signed it into law House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she's "pretty confident" the law will stand.
"I feel pretty confident about it, because this is a very balanced bill despite the misrepresentations that were made about it," Pelosi said when asked during a Capitol Hill news conference how confident she is that the law will stay intact.
Pelosi's muted response to the question was in stark contrast to Democrats' celebratory mood just a year ago when they passed the bill.
Shortly after Republicans took control of the House of Representatives this year they voted to repeal the law, and GOP leaders have also pushed through other legislation to defund federal agencies in charge of implementing the law. But perhaps a bigger threat to the law comes from the courts. Federal judges are split on whether the law is constitutional and the issue is on a path to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pelosi took a jab at House Republicans for voting to repeal the law while taking health care coverage provided to Members of Congress, quipping, "I guess their message is if you want access to health care, run for Congress."
"We just have to fight the fight and the American people will have to know what is at stake when you talk about diminishing the funding for the law's implementation," Pelosi said at Thursday's press conference in which she was surrounded by health care advocates from the American Diabetes Association and other groups.
Although the House bill repealing health care is not likely to move forward in the Democratic-led Senate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this week reiterated House Republicans' pledge to get rid of the health care law. "We have said all along we want to repeal ObamaCare, we want to defund it, we want to delay it at all costs to preclude it from going into full effect."