Nancy Pelosi has thrown down the gauntlet on Republicans, nearly daring them to repeal Obamacare.
“There’s division among the Republicans within their own ranks as to timing and substance,” said Pelosi, who inexplicably was re-elected as House Minority Leader despite presiding over Democrats losing every branch of government.
“I don’t think they’re going to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” she told reporters.
Pelosi famously helped push through President Obama’s signature legislation when she said Congress had “to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
The San Francisco liberal believes Republicans will pull back from their pledge to repeal Obamacare because she thinks it won’t be possible for them to keep the parts they like, such as not allowing insurers to refuse insurance based on preexisting conditions, while eliminating the mandate to have insurance, The Hill reported.
“You can’t keep them. You can’t afford them because the costs would be so astronomical,” she told reporters.
She said she is hopeful because of the change in tone from some Republicans, including President-elect Donald Trump.
“The one thing … that I think the Republicans are more interested in –not the 20 million or whatever –are costs,” Pelosi said. “What are the costs going to be to their constituents?”
“At first I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ But watching their behavior, I think there’s reason for reason to prevail,” she added.
But she is afraid free birth control may be nixed by the new administration.
“I’d be very, very afraid, very, very scared, about what they might do to family planning,” Pelosi said. “I would be very, very afraid, not only of the president but of the Congress, on that score.”
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