On Meet The Press this Sunday morning, David Gregory attempted to paint the ACA as an abject failure with the President being totally abandoned by the rest of the Democratic party. Nancy Pelosi was having none of it and promptly put him in his place.
Gregory referred to the problems with the healthcare roll out as a plan in “crisis,” saying the Democrats are in revolt. He went on to insinuate that the website cannot be fixed and that young people will not, under any circumstances, sign up for health insurance that they do not need or want.
Gregory tried to insist that there is dissension in the Democrat ranks, but Pelosi held her ground pointing out that he was focusing on numbers that were in reality no different than they have been, and that those Democrats who voted with the Republicans are the same ones who always do for political reasons.
Like a dog with a bone, Gregory was determined to make her say that the Democrats are losing confidence in the President and his ability to make Obamacare work. It was at this point that Pelosi said what the President himself should have said before:
“No. Let me just say this, because on all these specifics, we have to completely step back and see the bigger picture. What I love about health care professionals is that they’re calm, and we must remain calm when we talk about the health of our country. The Affordable Care Act, as I call it, as I always called it, is right up there with Social Security, Medicare — affordable care for all Americans as a right, not a privilege. The rollout of the website, that’s terrible. But the fact is that will be fixed. And that is the instrument of enrollment, as you know. What the Republicans did on Friday is not a fix. And if I just may, the law does not demand that all of these cancellations go out. The law says if you had your plan of the law, you can keep it, and that’s what the president said. So there’s a distinction between those who had it before, and what this law does is say other people can be enrolled in these bad initiatives, which the rules–”
Watch the segment in the video below.