Obamacare should not be repealed, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday, adding that she thinks its approval numbers are only low due to “false information.”
As Republicans gear up to quickly “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are fighting to keep it in place. Top members of the party argue more Americans have gained health insurance since implementation, while Republicans point to the rise in out-of-pocket costs and drastically reduced insurance options.
“Well, first of all, let me just say that the reason that the numbers were not good before is because they were predicated on false information,” she said. “And if I would fault us with anything it’s not to stop doing what we’re doing and just fight their misrepresentations.”
Citing a recent poll, Pelosi argued that Americans like Obamacare and don’t want to see it repealed without a replacement plan.
“We can tell you many, many stories … but the fact is that 70 percent in the poll this morning said they didn’t want it to be repealed without a replacement, some combination of that,” she continued. “People know now, it’s different.”
Republicans are currently in the process of constructing their replacement plan, vowing to keep popular provisions — including allowing dependents to stay on their parents’ plans until the age of 26 and requiring insurers to cover preexisting conditions — in place.
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