Pelosi: Robert Gibbs Only Criticizing Obamacare Because of ‘Clients’

by Andrew Johnson

Though Robert Gibbs’s ties to President Obama go back to the president’s 2004 Senate campaign, Nancy Pelosi claims the former White House press secretary’s prediction that Obamacare’s employer mandate would be scrapped is motivated by his corporate affiliations. Speaking with CNN’s Candy Crowley, Pelosi dismissed Gibbs’s comments and said the mandate would stay.

“Of all the things that I want to say about the Affordable Care Act, Robert Gibbs’s opinion, I don’t know who his clients are or what his perspective is, but we are celebrating the fact that we have over 7 million who have signed up,” she said on Sunday. She labeled the employer mandate, as well as most other parts of the law, as “integral.”

When pressed again about Gibbs’s remarks, Pelosi grew impatient.

“I don’t know why we’re focusing on that,” she responded. “One person says one thing — 7 million people signed up!”

Last week, Gibbs predicted that the employer mandate “will be one of the first things to go” in Obamacare because it’s a “small part of the law.”