March 29th, 2010
04:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Pelosi readies for election battle over health care

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hometown of San Francisco, touting the benefits of the new law while also directly challenging Republicans who want it repealed.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.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Proud to be a Republican

    Obama and Pelosi are both out of their minds....

    March 29, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. YES

    That's how you have to form the argument Madam Speaker and other democrats. Republicans want to repeal a law that will be affecting thousands prior to the election. It's political suicide what republicans are attempting to do. I can't wait to see them try.

    DEATH OF THE GOP 11/10

    March 29, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Obama the Marxist Liar

    Nancy-Nancy-Nancy, the repeal and replace slogan is not about health care, IT'S ABOUT YOU and all those other liberal loons (Reid) and other socialist.

    March 29, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. The Calabash Kid

    I've never liked Pelosi, but she delivered the votes. I hope she wins re-election. We need a Speaker who can deliver. Now if we could only make a clone out of LBJ's DNA so someone could handle the Senate, we might get something done for a change.

    March 29, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Repubs like donutholes

    Nancy's quite feisty. I like the attitude!

    March 29, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    WOW.....Republicans got to get lots and lots of seats if they reasonably expect to over ride a Presidential Veto and repeal the HCR Law. They talk the talk while knowing the American people do not realize it would be almost impossible for them to do it. Just more lies and fear from them. They are preaching Repeal and Replace. They had 8 years to do health care and they did absolutely nothing so now I am expecting them to repeal the law and then turn around and do it like it should be done.

    It is a good thing all Americans are not as stupid as our Republican Representatives.

    March 29, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. 8 Years of “trickle down economics” has only left a wet spot on our shoes!

    I agree Nancy and that majority was 53% to 46% and the President is doing exactly what that majority voted him into office to do.

    And to those cons claiming the CNN poll shows 56% against, guess what, that is not a monolithic Red opposition, that includes folks that did not think HCR was liberal enough.

    In fact, 50% in that poll say they are fine with the new bill, up one point from the 49% in the USA/Gallop poll the day after passage.

    There was an article on Newsweek by some guy that said cons are fooling themselves when they think the opposition percentages are all going to come to the side of the Reds in November, you will be both surprised and disappointed.

    I think he may be on to something.

    March 29, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. JA/TN

    Pelosi should win easily, most that protesting don't have lurcrative radio or tv contracts as the lead agitators, so wake up people, smell the coffee, there was free health clinic on the east and west coast several months ago, people camped overnight for position in the lines, they look like the people protesting today

    March 29, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Emma

    Nancy Pelosi you are my kind of woman. If these so called men can't get it done leave it to a woman to bring home the bacon.

    Great job and well done!

    March 29, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Right on!

    March 29, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. ED FL

    I hope Pelosi and REID stay bound together in their after life citizen status in november. Both she and Harry worked hard but the main mission was to retain their positions in the congress. One successful month out of thier long careers does not justify the LOUSY JOB THEY DID OVER THE LONG HAUL.HAVE A NICE LONG VACATION TOGETHER.

    March 29, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Repeal?

    Can you say V-E-T-O?

    March 29, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Hammerer

    As Pelosi said when the American people find out what is in the obamacare bill the DEms will be lucky to win any seats in congress. If the bill contains any more surprises like the ones so far, such as the insurance companies are not mandated to cover children with preexisting health issues unless they cover their parents so no parents with children with health problems will have insurance. Add the fact that major companies will not offer insurance because of the cost.
    So looks like at best many people will be without coverage until 2014 at the earliest thanks to Obamacare.
    Obamacare = no health coverage, no jobs as promised and no trillion dollars debt reduction as promised.
    Oh yes, when you get your little free insurance card in 4 years lots of luck finding a doctor that will honor it.

    March 29, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Michael in Orlando

    Nancy, you're the greatest.

    March 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. BeverlyNC

    We the People are ready too! We are going to vote out every Republican who sat on the sidelines all year, did NOTHING, called for us to fail, voted NO on every piece of legislation regardless who it hurt, and stabbed our President in the back every time he tried to reach out time and again to get Republicans to be involved in SOMETHING.
    Speaker Pelosi – you did an outstanding job as Speaker. You helped the Democrats deliver healthcare that all the American People DID want. Democrats stood up strong for the benefit of the People. Republicans stood with the insurance companies and banks who have only abused us.
    If Republicans had so many great ideas on healthcare then why did none get done while they had the legislature for 8 years? Republicans are nothing but hypocrites, liars, and fear-mongers. Now they plan to run on repealing healthcare??? Please do. It will make it an even greater pleasure to remove ALL of you from office!
    We don't need the kind of hate, fear, and racist tactics that have led to death threats and violence from their Republican groups. We denounce their nastiness, their in the gutter politics, and their unpatriotic values. We will use our NO vote to get all of them out of office so we can keep moving America forward.

    March 29, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Judy

    Look at the financial mess the state of California is in and it tells you something about the liberal majority of people there. They keep electing losers like Nancy Pelosi. Wake up for heavens sake!

    March 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. dennispaul

    somebody please do the ain't gonna work.

    March 29, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Dean

    Say goodbye Nancy.

    March 29, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. HypocriCNNation

    Good Luck To Ms. Pelosi The Speaker Of The House! Thank You For Your Leadership In Congress!

    March 29, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. save my state.

    Come on Nancy no one in the GOP was going to toss out pre-existing conditions. Now look who's using fear. What they want to get rid of is.
    1. The backroom deal's you made, and the back room deal's you placed in this bill.
    2. The manatory payments your going to place on people.
    3.Get rid of the tax increase on people who make over 88 thousand dollors.


    March 29, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Dean

    On Monday, Pelosi called the Medicare cost reductions "essential" to health care reform, and said Republican claims the bill would cut benefits for the elderly are "truly false

    Didn't doctors just lose 21% of their fees in March? I wonder why my doctor does not take any Medicare patients effective Immediately.

    March 29, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Chad from Tampa

    Funny how Pelosi has an 11% approval rating, yet when you read comments about her on this website you would think she has a 90% approval rating. Just an observation.....

    March 29, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Dan

    The Speaker leaves out the part about the cost. None of this will be paid for once the strains on the economy, after the elections,are realized. You may think the large evil corporations should pay millions more for healthcare. If they aren't hiring you aren't working and if you're not working you're collecting the gov handouts paid for by the taxpayers who will eventually give up and join you under the protective umbrella of the gov. It does not work that way in a capitalist economy. To stay elected our leaders will continue promissing a better life. The kind where the majority doesn't contribute and always insist the problem is the hard working capitalist pig isn't sending enough.

    March 29, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. dan smith

    Sorry Pelosi,you may get re-elected due to the district you come from but chances are pretty high that you will not be Speaker for very long.

    March 29, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. ran

    Leave it to the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans to continue to beat a "dead subject" to death.

    We need to replace ever Republican up for election in 2010 with either a true Democrat or Independent or if we must another Republican but one who wants to work for the people by working with this President and Democrats.

    For all you Republicans out there and Independents a little note: 2 weeks before President Obama was sworn in, Mitch McConnell wrote a memo to the Republicans saying not to work with this President no matter what. Do you really want that kind of representation? I hope not. Please vote these fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans out and replace them ,if you must, with a Republican who wants to do for the people. Let us work together again to do right by and for the people.

    March 29, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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