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article imageNancy Pelosi struggles to defend Obamacare on Meet The Press

By Michael Krebs     Nov 17, 2013 in Politics
In an appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) struggled to defend Obamacare under a litany of questions heaped on her.

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Appearing on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday, congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the outspoken Liberal Democrat from California, did not appear to help advance the Obama administration's cause on rolling back the barrage of criticism levied against the White House over the Affordable Care Act.
The interview with Pelosi was her first national presence since the House approved the "Keep Your Plan" bill this week. The measure was passed in a bi-partisan manner, with 39 Democrats voting against the current Obamacare legislation, as The Hill reported on Friday.
"39 voted for this resolution the other day," Pelosi said. "The number has been in the 30s when it was to agree with them on the mandate for businesses, the mandate for individuals, so this is approximately the same number."
However, David Gregory, host of Meet The Press, pushed the issue, saying that Democrats are expressing "real frustration," to which Pelosi said, "that's true."
The Obamacare issue has arguably been the most polarizing matter for the Obama presidency, and Pelosi was among the legislation's core architects. Yet, she seemed to struggle in defending the many controversies surrounding roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.
Gregory hit on Pelosi's 2010 comments that "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy," asking Pelosi if passing the legislation without reading it was now coming home to roost.
"What I was saying there is, we're the House and the Senate," Pelosi said. "We get a bill, we go to congress, we ping-pong it and then you see what the final product is. However, I stand by what I said there. When people see what is in the bill, they will like it, and they will, while there is a lot of hoop-de-doo and do about it, not surprising."
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