Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Nancy Pelosi: Affordable Care Act is a 'winner' for Democrats in 2014 elections

See also

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California yesterday encouraged Democratic candidates in the upcoming 2014 fall mid-term election to run toward the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and not away from it. She also wanted to correct the record on the name of the law.

More Photos

Pelosi is putting Republicans on notice that Democrats are not afraid of running on the Affordable Care Act.

Pelosi argues that the health care law is a "winner" for Democrats, when she was asked whether it’s a winning or losing issue for Democrats in swing districts this year. "You’ll have to ask the member, but I believe it’s a winner," said Pelosi at a press conference yesterday marking the fourth anniversary of the law’s passage this coming Sunday.

She also corrected a reporter who called the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare."

"And by the way, it’s called the Affordable Care Act," she scolded a reporter. "I know you didn’t intend anything derogatory, but it’s called the Affordable Care Act. I tell [Obama] the same thing I told you. Affordable — there’s a reason."

"Affordable. Affordable," said Pelosi repeatedly. "There's a reason. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable. Affordable."

Pelosi also emphasized that health law’s name, the Affordable Care Act, is important because it describes what the law will do: lower costs. She said opponents started using "Obamacare" because they “wanted to get away from the word 'affordable,'" she added.

Pelosi also emphasized that Republicans have ignored one big issue: "Jobs."

"Fifty-one times the Republicans have voted to repeal this freedom and opportunity for the American people," Pelosi said. "These ceaseless Republican votes are not only a waste of time, they have a real and heavy opportunity cost, time wasted on partisan antics that should have been spent instead of the top -- our top priority, and a top priority of the American people, creating jobs."

Pelosi maintained that the Florida House special election last week, in which Democrat Alex Sink was defeated by a Republican in a race where the health care law was a major issue, showed that Democrats are "ready for the next putt" because the final results were close.



POLITICO - Pelosi: Health law is a ‘winner’ for Democrats

Washington Post - Pelosi on Obamacare: 'I believe that it’s a winner'


Send John Presta an email and your story ideas or suggestions,


More MrGrassroots:

MrGrassroots on Facebook

MrGrassoots on Twitter

MrGrassroots on Allvoices



  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    At least 550 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the third week of the war
  • Pro-Russia guards
    President Obama criticizes pro-Russian rebels for blocking off the MH17 crash site
    World News
  • National Guard at Texas border
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
    US News
  • Unlikely Putin defender
    The unlikeliest US politician comes to the defense of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin
  • iPhone 6 coming soon
    Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 6, orders tens of millions of units
  • Gynecologist settlement
    Johns Hopkins agrees to $190M settlement for patients recorded by gynecologist
    Strange News

Related Videos:

  • Colorado Pot Store
    <iframe width="600" height="450" src="//;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Beach hole collapses: Man dies as walls of sand cave in on him
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518336713" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Duran Duran
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>