Pelosi: Obamacare Allows You to Quit Your Job and Become 'Whatever'

Elizabeth Harrington | March 22, 2012 | 4:06pm EDT
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Obamacare facilitates the type of “liberation” that the “Founders had in mind” because it allows you to quit your job and become a “photographer,”  a “writer,” a “musician”--or “whatever.”

“As you hear from these stories, this is a liberation,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday.

“This is what our founders had in mind--ever expanding opportunity for people.

“You want to be a photographer or a writer or a musician, whatever --  an artist, you want to be self-employed, if you want to start a business, you want to change jobs, you no longer are prohibited from doing that because you can’t have access to health care, especially because you do not want to put your family at risk,” she said.

The House Democratic Leader appeared alongisde House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), to celebrate the health care law that was passed two years ago Friday.

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Pelosi presented several constituents who told personal accounts of how the law has benefited them by allowing children to stay on their parent’s health plan until the age of 26, and ending denial of coverage for preexisting conditions.

“How many people in America do you think have a preexisting medical condition?" Pelosi asked. “That is, they may have been sick when they were little, or they had cancer and are now cancer free, and isn’t that a celebration?

“But you always carry the preexisting condition and the discrimination with you -- until now,” she said.  “And we cannot let that be rolled back, that affects tens of millions of Americans directly and their families as well, so our whole country.”

In May of 2010, Pelosi praised the bill in a similar way, encouraging artists to pursue their passions and leave it to the government to provide their health care.

“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” she said at the time.  “A bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care. You won’t have to be job locked.”

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