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Pelosi: GOP being 'mouthpiece' for health insurance industry

In an exclusive Meet the Press interview, House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tells David Gregory that the GOP’s call for repealing the health care law is unrealistic. Full interview airs Sunday on Meet the Press.


DAVID GREGORY: Republicans have said they won't waste any time to try to repeal this.  Is that fantasy from your point of view?

NANCY PELOSI: It's being the mouthpiece of the health insurance industry.  And we're saying let's not have them be in charge anymore.  Let the people be in charge of how they receive coverage and health care.  It's -- they'll bring it up, and when they bring it up they will ask for repeal, repeal of all the things I said that help children, help young adults, help seniors, help men or women who may have prostate cancer, breast cancer, whatever it is, any precondition.  And everybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access.  So that's what they want to repeal, we're happy to have that debate.

DAVID GREGORY: So you don't think it's realistic -- I mean, look, you fought in the trenches to get this thing passed, it wasn't easy.  Do you think repeal is unrealistic, it --


DAVID GREGORY: -- You know, from Mitt Romney, to Republican leaders, they say, "We're gonna lead the charge on this"?

NANCY PELOSI: I think that that part of it is over.  Do we always want to fight for more and better?  We want to continue to lower costs, and we built that in to the health care, Affordable Care Act.