The Corner

Pelosi Defends Obamacare: ‘A Liberation’

Nancy Pelosi launched a full-throated defense of Obamacare on Sunday in the face of criticism from some of the president’s most loyal allies, including union leaders concerned it will undermine the 40-hour work week.

“Overwhelmingly for the American people, this is a liberation, this is life, healthy life, liberty, the freedom to pursue your happiness,” Pelosi told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “It’s about wellness, it’s about prevention, it’s about a healthier America.” She said that Congress is working to address the concerns raised by unions and charities, among others, and that the law provides for “leeway” to address them.

The House minority leader tacitly fauled the Obama administration for its failure to inform the American people fully about the benefits of the law. “The message has not gotten out adequately,” she said.

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