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

Pelosi: ObamaCare could 'be path to Medicare for All'
© Greg Nash

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump says he'll sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions Pelosi calls Trump attacks on mail-in voting a 'domestic assault on our Constitution' 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."

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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 SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate 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 BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention 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.