Pelosi 'pretty confident' that health care law will stay intact
March 10th, 2011
04:18 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi 'pretty confident' that health care law will stay intact

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."


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    There is only one thing I want toi know Nancy, why havent you used a skillet to smack Boehner upside his head yet?

    March 10, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Rose

    Pelosi had better think twice about being so confident. The more I hear about the bill (sorry, the law) the more I dislike it and the majority of people feel the same way. She just does'nt listen to the people. The way Pelosi and Reid shoved this trhough was bad enough and she is still pushing it. Give it up Nancy.

    March 10, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. annie s

    Republicans – the new fascists. Sue, defund the health care bill. The 44,000 American lives it will save every year are probably Democrats anyway.

    March 10, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Ahhhh nutty Nancy. "We have to pass the bill before we can see what's in it." Well, they did and we did! And it all rots to high heaven. It's going down big time Nutty Nancy, either now or after the 2012 elections. Take that to the bank.

    And on her prediction accuracy... Wasn't she saying the Democrats were going to maintain control of the House last November? Not even close on that one Ms. Nutjob. Expect the same accuracy on this prediction.

    March 10, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I agree with Nancy, the bill is constitutional despite what the paid judge in Florida says. Seeing now how Boner operates, I miss her leadership. Fire Boner 2012!

    March 10, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    "I feel pretty confident about it, because this is a very balanced bill despite the misrepresentations that were made about it
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    Pretty confident it will be found Unconstitutional and how would this hag know anything about balanced, like the budget under the 111th House passed (NOT) during her term as Speaker maybe? This shrew needs to go away far away, California can do better.

    March 10, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The people are pretty confident it should be repealed. in its entirety.

    If you make a mess of things, you should be willing to have a do-over.

    March 10, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Inmyopinion

    Well of course she's confident, Pelosi will never have to worry about getting into trouble with the IRS as she's got plenty of money and could pay for her own health insurance policy, she can pay for her whole family and even her neighbors.

    She'll never have to decide if to face trouble with the IRS for not paying the health insurance policy, mandatory by law, or use the money to feed her family, pay the rent.

    Luckily for Pelosi our tax dollars pay for her health insurance policy.

    March 10, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. John

    Pelosi was wrong when they voted to pass Obama care, wrong now, always wrong, Obama care is unconstitutional and it will be repealed.

    March 10, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. yosef

    time to defund all politicians retirement, want to help close the debt? how many of the scunbag politicians both sides that are millioniares are collecting big retirements for serving? many did not have money when they were elected, now they are rich, hummm wonder how? Some are guilty of crimes and still receive, some have been drummed out and they still collect. Time to stop this insanity!!!!

    March 10, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Either keep healthcare law in tact or reform all taxpayers the $$$billions of dollars paid into medical research. If all Americans can't have healthcare then don't tax them for medical research.

    March 10, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Once again, the right wingnuttery shows how stupid they are by repeating Fox lies. Health reform will decrease our national debt, while giving people with pre-existing conditions some hope. Fire Boner 2012!

    March 10, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Warner

    I was pretty sure Pelosi would lose her job as House Speaker in advance of the November elections. She thought they would retain the House so not only was she a pathetic leader but a worthless prognisticator so I think that is just another pipe dream. Obamacare will be severlely amended at some point if not totally discarded.

    March 10, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. CAW in MD

    @Rick McDaniel – No, the people aren't pretty confident it should be repealed in its entirety. As a matter of fact, when asked whether the entire law should be repealed or just parts of it, large majorities say just parts of it. But of course Republicans, the "we're listening to the people" party, aren't listening to the people, as per usual...

    March 10, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. James Clay

    "Pretty Confident" means that this turkey is going down and there ain't a damn thing she can do about it.

    March 10, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. moderate voter

    So to those that call the reform obamacare do you even know the real name of the bill? I'm all for the repeal of an imaginary bill since apparently it is bad. Also what would Jesus do. He would help his fellow man. But I guess most of the name callers would rather distort the truth to further their own cause. You know who else did that. Hitler and fox news

    March 10, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. TEA Bagger

    wait...wait...WAIT! I am paying for congress's healthcare benefits?!? BOEHNER!!!! are you trying to pull a fast one on me! I am not paying for your welfare!

    March 10, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Pull your head away from Faux News

    Rose, you and Demofascist don't speak for the majority of people. A majority support either keepign the law or making it do more, not less.

    March 10, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Bob in PA

    This lady should be in Jail. What she did during her reign was nothing more that theft from US Taxpayers.

    March 10, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. gt

    the courts will decide.... not you

    March 10, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. kyle

    Do not repeal healthcare reform just because the GOP is bought and paid for by the Insurance Industry.

    March 10, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Bob in PA

    @ yosef
    Amen brother. Politicians other than the Prez and Vice Prez should not receive a pension. They should have at most a self contributed to 401k and recieve Social Security. They are only people just like the rest of us Schmucks. Some a little brighter, some a little dumber. It is time for them to stop wasting our money.

    March 10, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. NYC REPUB

    The healthcare the is a good start......There is still more to address.....Like getting business out of having to supply healthcare, and lowering the price of pharmacueticals, and cost for delivery of care and expensive surgeries......This bill covers access....which is a win. Like all major pieces of legislation, it must be tweaked.

    March 10, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Bob in PA

    @ moderate voter "what would Jesus do. He would help his fellow man"

    But would Jesus reach into your pocket, steal $500 to provide $200 of assistance and pocket the difference ?
    That's what this bill does.

    March 10, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Mtnjim

    Of course they need to defund health care for people, they need the funds for corporate welfare.

    March 10, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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