Pelosi on Obamacare: ‘Ironclad constitutionally,’ honors the ‘vows of our founders’ [VIDEO]

Nicholas Ballasy Senior Video Reporter
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As the Democrats’ health care law heads to the Supreme Court, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the legislation honors the “vows of our founders,” declaring it “ironclad constitutionally.”

Alongside Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and James Clyburn of South Carolina at a ceremony on Capitol Hill, Pelosi said, “After 100 years of trying, finally we passed health care for all Americans as a right for all — not just a privilege for a few. It honored the vows of our founders: Of life, a healthier life; liberty; the freedom to pursue our own happinesses.”

Senior citizens, parents and children joined the lawmakers on Thursday to mark the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and show support for its provision that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions.

Regarding the health care law Supreme Court case, Pelosi was asked how the highest court in the land would rule on the individual mandate.

“We knew what we were doing when we passed this bill. It is ironclad constitutionally. What happens in the courts is another matter but we believe that we’re in pretty good shape going into the court,” Pelosi responded.

A recent Rasmussen poll shows that 56 percent of Americans “somewhat favor” the repeal of the health care law while 46 percent “strongly favor” it, which represents an eight-month high.

“It was a compromise. It wasn’t the bill I would have written, but it is a bill that is making a big difference so I pray that the courts will make the right decision. But we have sent them — they have been sent — the right bill,” Pelosi said.

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