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

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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.

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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.

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Sources:

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

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

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