18 Nov 2013 05:50 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Nancy Pelosi (Image Source: NBC News Screenshot)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to lead the charge in defense of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and its possible repairs, explaining to NBC over the weekend that the grandfather clause of Obamacare that allows people to keep their current insurance plans only applies to people whose plans predated the time the Commander-in-Chief signed the law in 2010.
“If you had your plan before the enactment of the law in 2010, there is nothing in the law that can remove it,” the former House Speaker said during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. “You could [keep your plan], if you had your plan before the enactment of the law in 2010. Grandfathering is for those before 2010.”
Many have attacked Obama for misleading Americans into believing that they could keep their current doctors and insurance plans when they signed up for the President’s landmark piece of legislation, only to find the opposite.
While Pelosi admitted that the rollout has been less than ideal, she urged patience with Obama, stressing that the well-being of the American people is at the heart of his push for a more comprehensive health care program.
“He is gracious and he is taking responsibility, but that doesn’t mean that there was anything in the law that said if you like what you had before 2010 you couldn’t keep it,” the California Democrat said. “He took responsibility for the big picture... because that’s what people see.”