Interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - June 29, 2012

Guests: Meghan McCain, Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, George Miller, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW, live from Washington, D.C.

The American people have won a historic victory in the Supreme Court. The Affordable Care Act is constitutional and nothing will ever change that.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The bottom line here is the Supreme Court has withheld the health care law.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): The Supreme Court has stunned the nation. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law.

SCHULTZ: The law would not have passed without Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. Tonight, she joins me for an exclusive interview on today`s ruling.

(on camera): So it`s not a job killer.

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D), CALIFORNIA: It`s not. It creates 4 million.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): On Mitt Romney`s reaction to the ruling.

PELOSI: Listening to Mitt Romney today, I was confused.

SCHULTZ: And the future for single payer.

PELOSI: As far as our families are concerned, the best is yet to come as more of this bill, of this act, unfold.

SCHULTZ: Also tonight, former Governor Howard Dean and Congressman George Miller on how this ruling will change your life forever.

Karen Finney on the politics of the ruling and the far right wing reaction.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This was an activist court that you saw today.

SCHULTZ: All that and the Democrats walk out as Darrell Issa`s political witch hunt comes to an ugly end.

ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: It`s clear they were not interested in bringing an end to this dispute or even obtaining the information they say they wanted. Ultimately, their goal was to vote that helps special interest they now have engineered.


SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks, thanks for watching. It`s a great day for Democrats, the president of the United States, Barack Obama, and for all Americans who rely on fair and affordable health care in this country.

Now, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The decision leaves the president`s signature legislative achievement almost completely intact.

The controlling opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts -- which surprised a lot of folks. Roberts broke away from the court conservatives to side with the Obama administration in declaring the law constitutional.

The ruling gives President Obama a chance to restate and reset the table when it comes to health care in this country. He explained today what the law does for a vast majority of Americans.


OBAMA: Today`s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court`s decision to uphold it. And because this law has a direct impact on so many Americans, I want to take this opportunity to talk about what exactly it means for you.

First, if you`re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance. This law will only make it more secure and more affordable.

Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on the amount of care you receive. They can no longer discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions. They can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick. They can no longer jack up your premiums without reason.

They are required to provide free preventive care like check-ups and mammograms -- a provision that`s already helped 54 million Americans with private insurance. And by this August, nearly 13 million of you will receive a rebate from your insurance company because it spent too much on things like administrative costs and CEO bonuses and not enough on your health care.

There`s more. Because of the Affordable Care Act, young adults under the age of 26 are able to stay on their parents` health care plans, a provision that`s already helped 6 million young Americans. And because of the Affordable Care Act, seniors receive a discount on their prescription drug -- a discount that`s already saved more than 5 million seniors on Medicare about $600 each.

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