Pelosi: Obamacare Had Nothing to Do with ’10 Elections


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) rejected the idea that Obama’s healthcare legislation contributed to Democrats losing seats in the House during the 2010 election, despite evidence that Democrats did lose support for voting the bill into law.

REPORTER: “In terms of this health care issue that’s come up now, obviously 2010 the health care issue did a number on your party, are you worried that the way Republicans are spinning this right now is that Democrats in Congress won’t even subject their own employees to their health care law? Could that have ramifications in the 2014 election?”

REP. NANCY PELOSI: “That won’t be happening. The bill has been written. It’s a question of interpretation, and we want everybody to be treated the same. I do not subscribe to the notion that we did not win the election because of the health care bill. If we did, for tens of millions of Americans to have health care was well worth any of our political careers in my view.”

Pelosi came under scrutiny when famously said she wanted to “pass the [health care] bill in order to find out what is in it.”

Congressional leaders are also under fire for news that members of Congress and their aides might be exempt from the health care law.

A recent poll shows Pelosi as the least popular Congressional leader on Capitol Hill.