House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Wednesday that grandmothers would be forced to live in guest rooms if Republicans successfully repeal Obamacare.
Pelosi made the comment at a press conference after she and other Democratic lawmakers held a closed-door meeting with President Obama on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to defend the Affordable Care Act from Republican efforts to repeal the law.
"If you're a senior, you know Medicaid, almost half of Medicaid, is about long term health care," Pelosi said at the podium alongside top Democratic leaders after the meeting. "You want Grandma living in the guest room? You repeal the Affordable Care Act. You go along with–this is part of an initiative that is part of the [Paul] Ryan budget."
This is not the first time Democrats have used elderly relatives to defend Obamacare. Previous attacks on the "Ryan budget" from the left have described its proposals as "throwing granny off the cliff." The progressive group Agenda Project Action Fund went as far as producing an attack ad in which a Paul Ryan look-alike pushes a grandmother off a cliff.