During a lengthy interview, Gregory asked Pelosi about her statement on MSNBC in June 2009 when she told Ed Schultz that “If you like what you have, and you want to keep it, you have the choice do that.” That sounded very similar to what the President promised, which he has now admitted wasn’t true.
Gregory asked Pelosi if she was accountable for saying something—like Obama—that turned out not to be correct?
Well, it’s not that it’s not correct, it’s that if you want to keep it and it’s important for the insurance companies to say to people, this is what your plan does. It doesn’t prevent you from being discriminated against on basis of pre-existing conditions.
Pelosi went on to try and explain that people who had plans before the enactment of the law could keep their plans, while dodging the fact that the law set minimum standards that have forced the cancellation of millions of policies. This had the effect of forcing people into new and mostly more expensive plans.
The President tried to fix this last week by telling Americans that they could keep their old policy for another year, but he put the onus on insurance companies and state insurance commissioners to make that happen.
Gregory also asked Pelosi about a statement she made in March 2010 about Obamacare:
But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it – away from the fog of the controversy.
Gregory: Isn’t that really the problem, as you look back on it? That there was such a rush to get this done—no Republicans voting for it—and now there are unintended effects of this that were foreseen at the time, that you couldn’t know the impact of, and that now this is coming home to roost?
Pelosi: I stand by what I said there: when people see what’s in the bill, they will like it, and they will. It took a great deal for us to pass the bill. I said, if we go up to the gate and the gate is locked, we’ll unlock the gate. If we can’t do that we’ll climb the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. We had to pass the test of the courts, and we did.
The problem for Pelosi and the Democrats is that as a result of the botched rollout of Obamacare, people are getting a chance to see what’s in the bill—which is now the law—and they don’t like what they see.
Gregory deserves credit for trying to hold Pelosi accountable despite her constant dodging. This proved that when it comes to Obamacare, the Democrats are now stuck defending the indefensible.