What? The former Speaker is saying ObamaCare is a penalty, not a tax, that is enforced by the tax code...or something.
Gregory: Is it a tax?
Pelosi: No no, no no.
Is this what Pelosi meant by "passing the bill to see what's in it?" The Supreme Court saw what was in ObamaCare, ruled it a tax, and she, along with top White House officials, are saying it's a tax. It is very clear the Democrats have their talking points together.
And yet, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is accusing Republicans of being deceptive about the "Affordable Care Act."
"When it came to championing the health care legislation, President Obama made sure that al though everybody -- the vast majority of Americans have health insurance coverage, we want to make sure that if you're a free rider, if you roll the dice and get sick and use the emergency room as your primary access point for health care. Those health care costs are going to get shifted to all of us. And if you choose not to carry health insurance, this legislation says you're going to pay a small penalty so that we don't have to pay for you rolling the dice," DNC chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said on MSNBC today.
"That's what the health care reform law says and the Republicans are engaging in deception if they say anything else," she said.
Pelosi also claimed during the interview that repeal of ObamaTax is unrealistic.
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats are happy to debate dismantling Obamacare, but repeal is unrealistic.
Pelosi says the act puts people "in charge of how they receive coverage and health care."
She said Republicans "will ask for repeal, repeal of all the things ... that help children, help young adults, help seniors, help men or women who may have prostate cancer, breast cancer, whatever it is, any precondition. And everybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access."
"So that's what they want to repeal," she said. "we're happy to have that debate."