Pelosi: ObamaCare could 'be path to Medicare for All'

Pelosi: ObamaCare could 'be path to Medicare for All'
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday said that the Affordable Care Act could "be a path to Medicare for All" after previously expressing dislike of the health care proposal favored by progressives.

Asked her opinion, during an appearance in a CNN town hall, on presidential candidates who support replacing former President Obama's signature legislation with Medicare for All, Pelosi said, "I'm not for doing away with ObamaCare."


She did say, however, that the 2010 bill could be improved on.

"There are improvements that can be made once you see the implementation of legislation, so I would rather call for health care for all Americans," she said. "As we improve the Affordable Care Act, it may lead to Medicare for All."

The top House Democrat proposed comparing proposals to see which is the best way to go.

"Put it all on the table, see what the benefits are to the consumer, to the patient, and when you do so, then compare it to what other options are," she said. "I think the Affordable Care Act can be a path."

"But whatever you want to eventually have, I don't think you should do away with the Affordable Care Act to get there," she added.

Progressive presidential candidates including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus MORE (D-Mass.) have been vocal supporters of Medicare for All and getting rid of private insurance.

Other top contenders, such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE have said they prefer a public insurance option in addition to private insurance.

Pelosi told Bloomberg last month that she's “not a big fan of Medicare for All.”

“I mean I welcome the debate, I think that we should have health care for all,” she added, particularly citing the cost of the plan and comfort some have with their current insurance.