Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats
December 23rd, 2013
02:14 PM ET
8 months ago

Pelosi: Obamacare fallout will be reversed, won't hurt Democrats

(CNN) - The top Democrat in the House predicted that any political fallout from the new healthcare law will be reversed within months.

"By the time we get into the spring, I think the Affordable Care Act will either be a wash or a plus for Democrats," House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Monday on a conference call.

The California lawmaker's comments came just as the Obama administration announced yet another rules change in the Obamacare signup process - extending by a day Monday's enrollment deadline to ensure coverage by January 1.

If correct, Pelosi's prediction would represent a turnaround from recent polling trends.

According to a new CNN/ORC poll on Monday, 35% of Americans surveyed said they favored the new health care law, with 62% opposed.

Those were the worst figures for Obamacare in CNN polling since the Affordable Care Act was approved by Congress in 2010.

But Pelosi is taking the long view.

"We'll ride this out," she said, when asked if controversy over the health reforms championed by Obama will hurt Democrats in next November's midterms. "This is a transformative initiative, like Medicare, Medicaid."

Pelosi admitted that she and other Democrats have been disappointed with the rocky rollout of the program, but she insisted Obamacare would not determine the balance of power in Congress in 2014.

What will?

She pointed to something moving in a more positive direction for Democrats: the economy.

"I think this election will be as all elections are, will be about the economy," she said.


Filed under: Health care • Nancy Pelosi • Obamacare
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "I think this election will be as all elections are, will be about the economy," she [Pelosi] said.
    -------------------
    I like this lady now. Fell in love with her when she replied to a reporter who sounded a LOT like Major Garret, "If you want to find out what's in the bill, then .....", you all know the rest. :(

    December 23, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I believe the Obamacare scare that the media and republicans are pushing is going to backfire and smack them all in the face. This month alone enrollment is double than what it was In October and November. Republicans are going to lose for the simple fact they're not addressing the concerns of the middle class. And that's the minimum wage increase, immigration reform, a JOBS bill and functional government.

    December 23, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The non existent GOP health plans: Cruz Care, Paul Care, and Republican Care, will be the end of the baggers. They got nothing, no accomplishments to run on, nothing but obstruction. It is amazing that they have lasted longer than dinosaurs, as reptiles seem to have better reasoning skills.

    December 23, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. simplyput

    Why is Nancy-can't read a law- generating any credibility on the ACA? She's the one behind the titanic mistake that makes everyone fear insurance, if you didn't before now, or were ignorant of how it works. Good luck.

    December 23, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. smith

    Talk about somebody in major denial of the facts. The ACA has failed and the dems will suffer in 2014 & 2016. Hopefully, we can get rid Pelosi as well.

    December 23, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Yea less than 1 million signed up out of 350 million. Epic fail!

    December 23, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Getoverit

    I wonder if she read it yet....

    December 23, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Like Bill Clinton,she knows her politics.

    December 23, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. CB FL

    They want everyone to keep talking about the ACA so they don't have to respond to raising the minimum wages and extending unemployment insurance. If they vote against these two things you will see a sweep by the Dems in 2014.

    December 23, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    250 million already have insurance. An additional 45 million will have access under the ACA. 2 million with lousy policies have a year to get with the program. Thanks to Fox and the GOP, this has become a battle like taking a child to their first haircut. In the end, when the baggers stop crying, they will look better.

    December 23, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Smplyput wrote:

    Why is Nancy-can't read a law- generating any credibility on the ACA? She's the one behind the titanic mistake that makes everyone fear insurance, if you didn't before now, or were ignorant of how it works. Good luck.
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    You have simply lied. The bill was debated for two months in the Senate before any final votes were taken. Furthermore, there had been an extended filibuster and debate in the Senate, which was followed by a 60-39 cloture vote on Dec. 23, 2009. Republicans knew exactly what was in the bill, and have always known what was in the bill. Sarah Palin first began telling her "death panel" horror stories in August 2009.

    December 23, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Tim

    Really, what else could she say. Do you remember the march into the Capital to cast the vote arm in arm with the blk caucus. She is such a ding bat.

    December 23, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. HenryMiller

    @Tampa Tim: "2 million with lousy policies have a year to get with the program."

    One of the problems with you Lefties is your arrogance. Who are you to decide what insurance policies are right for other people? It's none of your bloody business.

    December 23, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Right wing pooh flingers have really done a disservice to our country.

    December 23, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Day in and day out, we get repeated debunked lies from the right wing hate machine. For what it is worth, Boehner has no where near Nancy's leadership skills, or even the balls to lead.

    December 23, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    Wrong as usual Nancy... and clueless as well.

    December 23, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Henry – You get to choose your on policy. That is good news for you Libertarians. It is the arrogance of Cruz, Rubio(ugh) and Paul, who have decided there should not be health reform. Why do they get to decide?.

    December 23, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. love344

    tell them, Nancy!

    December 23, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Cry – After surviving an $800 million barrage of negative attacks from the right wingnuts, a 24/7 attack from Fox and Sean Insanity, a lousy roll out, it is still the law, and it is getting better every day. What you fail to realize, only 40% want the law repealed. Sounds like you are a bit premature in your assessment.

    December 23, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Mourning Patriot

    Left or Right – makes no difference. Until we can get all these career clowns out of DC nothing will change. This is the most crooked administration ever seen. How any of you could root for either side at this point shows me Amercia has no future. Until the power returns to the states – America the great will continue to be reduced to rubble.

    December 23, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    We'll ride this out," she said, when asked if controversy over the health reforms championed by Obama will hurt Democrats in next November's midterms. "This is a transformative initiative, like Medicare, Medicaid."
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    Tell 'em Nancy!
    And tell the Dems to stop quaking and shaking so much. Pathetic bunch of scaredycats.
    Ten years from now (hell for some who cannot be denied due to pre-existing condition that would be right now) the dust would've settled and folks will wonder what took the USA so long to get Obamacare.
    Everything new that is implemented is villified, and has kinks to be worked out.
    Obamacare will outlast all of its' critics; indeed it will benefit if not the critics themselves, their descendants.

    December 23, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. shorething

    Wow Pelosi is that big of an idiot she thinks people will forget like it never happened? People remember the bad and forget the good. We remember the bad because it is a sore spot like Obamacare raping the pockets of millions for healthcare that is not improved for the better. People will remember how much they paid for health insurance when they go to the doctor and get hit with a prescription for 100 bucks that used to cost 4 at walmart.

    December 23, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. O'drama ya Mama

    Dont you people realize that when Pelosi said "we have to pass it to find out whats in it" it was directed toward the American people. Congress DID read the law before they passed it. She was referring to the American citizens when she said we have to pass it before YOU find out whats in it. Obviously she worded it differently and it was taken out of context. Next time you want to use that quote to further your cause stop and think about who she actually was talking to when that quote came out of her mouth. USE COMMON SENSE!!!!

    December 23, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Gunderson

    Aw, Humm,
    Do I hear a smidgen of doubt there Nancy? Well I guess we will have to get this Web Site up to see if this dog will hunt.So far Rover is not budging.

    December 23, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Gunny – I miss the baby talk.

    December 23, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |