Media Advisory: NPR News Interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the Affordable Care Act and the Republicans' replacement, the American Health Care Act.
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Media Advisory: NPR News Interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. Marian Carrasquero/NPR hide caption

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Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017; Washington D.C.- In an interview airing today on All Things Considered, NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the Affordable Care Act and the Republicans' replacement, the American Health Care Act. Pelosi defended the ACA and called the replacement bill "the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of our country in terms of hundreds of billions of dollars going into the pockets of the top 1% of the people in our country at the expense of the good health of our middle class and those who aspire to the middle class."

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Additional excerpts from the conversation are available below.

When asked what the House Democrats can do while Republicans repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, she said: "In my office I have a painting of Abraham Lincoln who said 'Public sentiment is everything.' Regardless of the number of Democrats in the House, [there is a huge] number of people who are affected — 24 million — who would lose their care and many millions more who would have fewer benefits. I'm depending on public opinion... The more we point out the shortcomings of the legislation, the fewer votes they will have."

When asked if Democrats could work with President Trump or House Speaker Ryan on health care legislation, she said: "We have a responsibility to the American people to find as much common ground as we can. There has to be sincerity though... I don't think he has the faintest idea – the President – about the healthcare thing. Ryan, though, however, is a philosophical, ideological, right-wing, anti-government [person], and so an act of mercy for him is to reduce the government's role. So we're talking about two different things. They're debating whether it's Trumpcare or Ryancare, but neither of them wants it identified with themselves because it's such a failure in the public mind."

When asked about President Trump's knowledge of healthcare: "The more the president might learn about [healthcare] then he might see where there's a path [to working with Democrats], because to tell you the truth, the Affordable Care Act – it is a private-sector initiative. It contains many Republican ideas."

Audio and transcript will be available on NPR.org later today.

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