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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to back Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats call on Biden to step up virus response We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Overnight Health Care — Biden's Supreme Court setback MORE's (I-Vt.) forthcoming "Medicare for all" legislation Tuesday, saying she's instead focused on protecting ObamaCare.
"Right now, I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi told reporters Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"None of these other things, whether it’s Bernie’s [bill], can really prevail unless we have the Affordable Care Act protected."
Sanders will introduce his bill Wednesday alongside several Senate Democratic co-sponsors, including Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Fed's Brainard faces GOP pressure on climate stances MORE (Mass.) and Cory BookerCory BookerCNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (N.J.).
Pelosi has made similar comments in the past, saying she supports the idea in concept, but the comfort level with the broader base of the American people is not yet there.
Pelosi also said Tuesday she doesn't think support for a single-payer health-care system is a litmus test for Democrats.
“I don’t think it’s a litmus test,” she said.
“I think to support the idea that it captures is that we want to have as many people as possible, everybody, covered, and I think that’s something that we all embrace.”