Potential Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi doubled-down on her party’s commitment to “protect” the Affordable Care Act this week; saying the issue will be the Democrats’ top priority should she regain her position as leader.
Pelosi was speaking with CBS News when she was asked to weigh-in on her top legislative priorities following the high-stakes 2018 midterm election.
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“Instead of protecting the law of the land, the President has sided with those attorneys general who want to eliminate that benefit,” said Pelosi. “They have another chance with us in the majority to join us and remove all doubt about pre-existing medical conditions.”
“I’m staying as House speaker to protect the Affordable Care Act. That’s my main issue,” she added.
BERNIE’S ADMISSION: Sanders Says Universal Healthcare Will Cause ‘Pain,’ But is Worth It
Bernie Sanders publicly admitted Thursday that implementing a single-payer, government guaranteed healthcare system will likely cost people their jobs and will cause “pain,” but is ultimately worth it.
Sanders was speaking with CNN this week when he was pressed on his support for a government-run healthcare system, saying the US needs to “transition” the nation’s insurance programs towards a single-payer program.
“You have people hounding doctors about what kind of medicine they should be able to use. So forth and so on. Will those people lose their jobs when we have healthcare-for-all guaranteed through a single payer system? The answer is, yes,” said the Vermont senator.
“We’ll create more jobs under a rational Medicare-for-all system than currently exists. There will be a transition just in the same way as we have to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel. We create more jobs, but there will be pain and you got to deal with that pain,” he added.
Sanders’ comments come just hours after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hinted the Democrats may pursue a ‘Medicare for All’ system should her party retake control of Congress this fall.
GLOVES OFF: Maxine Waters Says Schumer Will Do 'ANYTHING’ to 'Protect' Power
Firebrand Congresswoman Maxine Waters didn’t hold back when discussing Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi’s harsh criticism of her anti-Trump comments over the weekend; saying the leading Democrats were “willing to do anything” to preserve their power.
Waters was speaking with MSNBC’S Joy Reid when she was asked to comment on Schumer’s critique of her calls for the public harassment of senior Cabinet officials, saying her rhetoric was “Not American.”
“Well, I’m surprised that Chuck Schumer, you know, reached into the other House [of Congress] to do that. I’ve not quite seen that done before, but one of the things I recognize, being an elected official, is in the final analysis… leadership like Chuck Schumer will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership,” said Waters.
Watch the Congresswoman’s comments above.