(CNSNews.com) - "No, absolutely not," Democrats should not shy away from supporting the Affordable Care Act, even though Democrat Alex Sink lost the special congressional election in Florida on Tuesday, says House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Sink's Republican opponent, David Jolly, campaigned against Obamacare, but that's not a winning strategy for Republicans, Pelosi told a news conference Thursday.
"I'm very proud of our House Democrats and how they have not only embraced the Affordable Care Act that they helped create, but how proud they are of it. I think that the Republicans are wasting their time using that as their electoral issue, and they will find that out."
Pelosi said of course she's disappointed that Sink lost: "But I'm very proud of the effort that was made to get out the vote. I think that our candidate Alex Sink -- she's so excellent, so superb. And she said it just right. There are many good things about the Affordable Care Act that are good for the health and well-being of the American people. There are some things that need to be fixed. Let's do that. And that is the message of our members.
"So this is, for us, unfortunate -- came close, within two points. But again, we feel confident about the fuller participation in November and what that will mean for that election."
Jolly faces a regular election in November, and Pelosi suggested that Democrats could prevail with a larger voter turnout.
Pelosi also made it clear that heading into the midterm election, the Democrats' focus is on women's issues:
"House Democrats agree, for many of our members, supporting women, children and families, especially our veterans, has been our life's work. That's why we delivered our agenda...founded on three pillars: fair pay, including paycheck fairness and raising the minimum wage; paid sick leave; and affordable quality child care as the third pillar. We look forward to working together all of us on our agenda."