House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took colorful aim at the
Republican effort to revive their healthcare overhaul during a
press conference on Thursday.
After introducing an amendment to sway conservative
GOP lawmakers in the House, Republican leadership has
reintroduced the American Health Care Act — which would
repeal and replace Obamacare — onto the legislative agenda.
Pelosi said that puts Republicans in a “lose-lose-lose”
“The president is making them walk the plank on a bill,” Pelosi
said. “When they brought it up before, it had 17% support among
the American people. Which means even Republicans were not
supporting their bill.”
Pelosi was referring to a poll from Quinnipiac that showed
only 17% of American were in favor of the
AHCA. Subsequent surveys have shown new ideas
that have been floated on the legislation have
not improved its popularity.
Pelosi said that a vote on the bill would likely stain
Republicans’ reputations going forward.
“So if they vote on it — just bringing it up is not good — if
they vote on it, the minute they cast that vote they put doo-doo
on their shoe. A tattoo on their forehead,” Pelosi said. “And
they have to explain it to their children, at some point they
have to explain to their children what they did to make America
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the original
version of the AHCA would leave 24 million more people without
insurance over the next 10 years than the current projection.
Independent health policy analysts have said new amendments to
the bill could drive up costs for Americans with preexisting
“And then, say they pass it,” Pelosi said. “Even worse, they
really have to be accountable for it. And it’s largely unpassable
in the Senate, so they walk the plank for nothing. Thank you, Mr.