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 PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' 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 SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses 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 BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses 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.