Pelosi: ‘We’re Not Running On Or From The Affordable Care Act’

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on May 22, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on May 22, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will make a judgment call on whether or not to run on Obamacare during this year’s midterm elections.

“We’re not running on or from the Affordable Care Act. We’re very proud of it,” Pelosi told Vox.com. “It’s about wellness; it’s about prevention; it’s about technology … it’s about the value, not volume, of procedures.

“And people really don’t know that and I think part of that accrues to us for not having an initiative that inoculated the public against some of these false attacks that the Republicans were making on it.”

Pelosi stated that since President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is on the right track, Republicans are hammering Democrats once again about the 2012 Benghazi attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

“I think it turns out to be a wash. I think that’s one of the reasons that Republicans have talked about Benghazi again,” Pelosi told Vox.com. “They’re going to come back to Benghazi because the Affordable Care Act has lost some of its weight in terms of being a political issue for them.”

Pelosi and Dem leaders decided last week to take part in the Benghazi special committee that House Speaker John Boehner put together.

Pelosi added that House Democrats will have to determine if running on the Affordable Care Act will work in their districts.

“I think the Democrats will run on saying that the Affordable Care Act is really important for America’s families and that we stand ready to improve it as we see how it is implemented,” Pelosi said, adding that she wanted a single payer system and a public option when it was first introduced.

“I think that’s a really important message, not to let it be repeal or retain, but to have the Affordable Care Act and improve upon it,” she told Vox.com.

White House political advisers insist there are openings to go on offense, with the website fixed and enrollment numbers exceeding 8 million to counter the GOP’s argument that the law is a failure.

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