Pelosi 'pretty confident' that health care law will stay intact
March 10th, 2011
04:18 PM ET
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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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  1. Sniffit

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

    Boehner and the Bolshevik Bunch are doing a fine job of screwing themselves up all on their own with their overreaching. They've already handed the Dems WI's electoral votes in 2012 and they're working on OH, IN, PA, TN and others. The only thing they can really hope for is that they not only succeed in destroying unions and labor rights, but also redistrict their states in a manner that very much marginalizes the votes of burgeoning minority populations.

    March 10, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Sniffit

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

    So what you're saying, basically, is taht you just hate taxes, period, and anything that uses tax money is accomplioshed by stealing from you? Yawn yawn yawny yawn.

    March 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. JimII

    @Bob in PA, Jesus just says in Matthew 25 that if you don't help the sick and the poor you go to hell. Maybe it is okay to not help the sick and the poor if it also supports big government. Maybe it is okay to not help the sick and the poor because you belong to the opposite party of those who want to do it. I would not want to make that argument for my immortal soul; but obviously others are welcome to it.

    March 10, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. DagnyTag

    To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,
    It is now official that the majority of you are corrupt morons:
    The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
    Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
    Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
    War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more.
    Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
    Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
    The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
    You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.


    March 10, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Julie C

    Why do they refer to it as "Obamacare"? It doesn't even resemble what he set out to do public option! They use that for drama and to appease the corporate insurance coffers and their "we hate Obama and want him to fail" base. So transparent; so kindergarten. GOP for the American people? Think again! I'm sick of paying for the uninsured and watching my premiums skyrocket. Don't blame the bill; they've been skyrocketing for 5 yrs. or more!

    March 10, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. New Age Independant

    I'm confident that Pelosi is a liar as well, but that wont change anything. The health care bill will be changed, without a doubt.

    March 10, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. NC

    I'm real sure obamacare will be repealed, not pretty sure. The majority of the American Citizens don't want anything to do with this pork filled spending bill. Sorry nancy.

    March 10, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. PraiseThLard

    What health-care law? It's a joke and a fraud. If that's the best the democrats could do, the country's better off without it. The insurance companies, the drug companies, and the HMO's will keep on getting richer at the expense of everyone else.

    March 10, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. gay hispanic republican

    I love when dems ask what Jesus would do. i may be wrong, but i doubt he was advocate for abortion on demand. dems have no faith in mankind. they live in total fear, so they try to legislate everythng to death. we need more help frm repubs and less patronizing instruction frm dems

    March 10, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. kat

    I hope this old bag is wrong. I klnow they worked very hard hiding all the tiny little secrets, like the 105 billion dollars in funding. Why people keep electing Nancy and Harry is beyond me.

    March 10, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Dale

    On the constitutionality question, have you ever seen a health insurance company that was not interstate? The constitution gives the congress authority to regulate any and all interstate commerce.

    On the mandatory question– Hospitals are required to treat all ER cases whether they can pay or not. Laws require everyone to do or not do many many things. I don't see any difference. And if only sick people pay into the system, then it isn't really insurance. You can't free ride until you get sick and then expect your huge medical bills to be paid.

    March 10, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Dale

    True story: My mom worked as a nurse, caring for patients and paying into her own health insurance for 20 years. Then she got breast cancer and was immediately dropped by her insurance company. The insurance company basically told her go home and die. Their strategy was to delay the legal fight until she died. Fortunately, generous friends and family paid her bills while she fought her cancer and fought the insurance company in court. And thankfully, she won both battles. She told me the battle with the insurance company caused her more stress than the prospect of dying. Sentencing people to death for insurance company profits happened all the time under the old system, but is now illegal under the new system. It happened to my Mom, but now it can't happen to me or my children. For that, I sincerely thank Mr. Obama and the Dems that supported him.

    March 10, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. diridi

    It is going to is a law, passed by senate, and house...o.k...

    March 10, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. peace

    oh I know two women that was against the bill and now have cancer and guess what now they are for the bill be careful about what come out of your mouth it could be you or your love ones .

    March 10, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. snoopsmom

    Why are so many people certain most people do not like the bill? That is propaganda for certain....and full of scare tactics. The people with pre-existing conditions and the adult children who don't have jobs but are covered by their parents' insurance most likely will take exception to these comments. And those are only some who applaud the bill. And all of the people who are so sure this bill will be repealed, you haven't learned the old truth, that all we can be certain of is "death and taxes." Because you don't like Ms. Pelosi or the President, is not reason to dislike obamacare. These people just don't care about their fellow Americans.

    March 10, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Monster Zero

    Deport illegals sucking off our social services, quit making hospitals take every person showing up at an emergency room unless it is a life threatening emergency, blind insurance pools across State borders and get rid of the ambulance chasing lawyers that have litigated us all into triple digit insurance premiums with their class action lawsuits. See how simple it is to correct a problem, and I don't even watch Fox News...

    March 10, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Steve-Illinois

    @JAMES "BILLY JACK" CLAY That was a classic!! Thanks! LOL

    March 10, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. azmary

    @NC Where are you getting your "facts" about the majority of Amaricans opposed to the health care reform law? Check The majority of Americans oppose repealing, or even defunding the plan in most of the polls posted on that site. 20% of Americans want to make it even more inclusive with a public option for a more cost effective way to help low and middle income people. In only one poll cited was the score 42 for and 43 against the reform. Not a vast majority by any means.

    March 10, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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