WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that any negative fallout from the faulty rollout of Obamacare will be reversed by next year’s mid-term elections, and that once implemented, will be a “glorious thing.”
Speaking with reporters on Monday about a one-day extension to sign-up for health care, the top House Democrat said that she and other Democrats are disappointed in the rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, but remain optimistic in the long-run.
“By the time we get into the spring, I think the Affordable Care Act will either be a wash or a plus for Democrats,” Pelosi told reporters Monday on a conference call. “This is a transformative initiative, like Medicare, Medicaid.”
“We’ll ride this thing out,” she said. “It’s worth the trouble. It’s going to be a glorious thing.”
This comes as a new CNN/ORC poll shows that 62 percent of Americans surveyed are opposed to Obamacare – the worst poll numbers since the law approved by Congress in 2010. And a new Gallup poll shows that 36 percent of Americans consider Obamacare the president’s biggest failure so far in his administration, compared to 22 percent who believe it’s his greatest success.
Pelosi predicted that next year’s midterm elections will not likely focus on health care, but rather on the economy.
“I think the election is going to be, as all elections are, about the economy and what is the initiative that is going forth from the administration, from the Democrats, to make a distinction as to who benefits from a fair and just economy.”