Pelosi Preps Democrats for Obamacare, Medicare Fights

Pelosi vowed to fight efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. (Rob Kunzig/Morning Consult)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attempted to rally her caucus this week by urging members to plan press events focused on the Affordable Care Act.

Pelosi sent a letter Wednesday asking House Democratic lawmakers to plan events for early January that showcase support for the Affordable Care Act and Medicare. Pelosi said Jan. 7 should include events that “highlight the risks of repeal of the ACA and of ending the Medicare guarantee.” Constituents who would be directly affected by changes to either program are “the most effective voices” at such events, she said.

A week later, on Jan. 14, Pelosi said Democratic lawmakers and governors will hold a national day of action “to continue the drumbeat.”

Democrats have vowed to fight Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to turn Medicare into a premium support system, and Pelosi has cast doubt on the GOP’s ability to repeal and replace the 2010 health law.

Republicans haven’t announced plans to overhaul Medicare next year, and Senate Republicans say it’s not on their to-do list.

Morning Consult