Pelosi on Obamacare: 'It's a Glorious Thing'

By Susan Jones | December 24, 2013 | 6:29am EST

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) applauds as President Obama signs his health care overhaul into law on March 23, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says December has been a "great month" for Obamacare sign-ups, and she said things will only get better
as more people enroll.

"It's worth the trouble. It's going to be a glorious thing," Pelosi told a conference call on Monday.

"It's about life, a healthier life, liberty, the freedom to pursue our happiness. It honors the vows of our founders. A person can follow his or her passion and not be chained by a policy, so they could start a business, be self-employed, change jobs. It's a very, very exciting thing. And it's about wellness and prevention. It's about the health of America, not just the health care for Americans.

"So we're very proud of it, and our enthusiasm for it ... strengthens our determination to make sure it works."

Like some of her fellow Democrats, Pelosi said the midterm election in 2014 is going to be about the economy and immigration -- not Obamacare.

"I think that this election is going to be, as all elections are, about the economy," Pelosi said. "I think that there are other issues that weigh in discretely with certain groups. The immigration issue, if it isn't passed, is going to be a big issue in the campaign." She also mentioned "gun safety."

"So there'll be other issues that weigh in discretely for people, but how successful the economy is, I think, will be the overriding issue.

"By the time we get into the spring, I believe that the Affordable Care Act will either be a wash or a plus for the Democrats going forward, and I don't think anybody would change his or her vote because of what it means politically.

"Now, if you want to talk about big outside money coming in and mischaracterizing it, as they did in 2010, well, that's a dynamic of campaigns that we have to deal with. But again, it is not anything that diminishes our pride in passing the Affordable Care Act. So I don't see that as a negative."

Pelosi said elected officials have a responsibility to make sure the Affordable Care Act works -- "and to be patient about having it do so."

On the same day Pelosi spoke, the Obama administration made another "administrative" change to the law, giving people an extra day to enroll on the exchanges for coverage that begins Jan. 1. It's an indication that the website was unable to accommodate all the last-minute shoppers.

Pelosi and several other Democrats, all women, arranged Monday's conference call to demand an extension of long-term unemployment benefits.

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