House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that you should celebrate ObamaCare when you’re sitting down with your friends and family this Independence Day.
During a press conference yesterday, Pelosi marked the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision upholding major parts of ObamaCare as a reason to “observ[e] health independence” and said that the law “captures the spirit of our founders.”
“Soon we will all be leaving for the Fourth of July recess next week. When we celebrate Independence Day, we also will be observing health independence. This week, this marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. It captures the spirit of our founders, a spirit they wrote in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Pelosi told reporters. “The Affordable Care Act offers just that, a healthier life, the liberty to pursue a person’s happiness, to be free of constraints, be job-locked because they are policy-locked.”
“So, we have had Social Security, Medicare, and now health independence,” she added. “And that’s something our Members will take home to celebrate over this Independence Day.”
The comments come as the Obama Administration and its supporters are mounting an outreach campaign in an attempt to sell the law to Americans amid reports of shaky implementation efforts, rising health insurance premiums, and employers already suspending or cutting jobs to avoid added costs because of ObamaCare.
Pelosi has had to walk back her comments from last year, when she said that the law would reduce premiums for “everybody,” due to the frequent new reports showing rising premiums, including her home state of California.
A recent trustees report showed Medicare and Social Security account for $66 trillion in unfunded liabilities in perpetuity. The Government Accountability Office report earlier this stated that ObamaCare could add as much as $6.2 trillion to the national debt if cost-saving measures don’t work as intended. Richard Foster, former Medicare Actuary, told a congressional panel in January 2011 that it was unlikely that the ObamaCare would hold healthcare costs down.
Watch Pelosi’s comments below:
H/T: National Review