Paul Pelosi attack shocks country on edge about democracy threats, says Republicans are ‘caging’ their opposition to pass healthcare bill
In the House of Representatives, the Democrats will have their last chance to pass the sweeping, Obamacare-repealing healthcare bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
The vote will take place on Thursday (7pm ET)
Here are the highlights:
Pelosi: Republicans have no choice but to support the AHCA
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN that she believes the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill introduced by the Republican leaders, is “the only option” to repeal Obamacare.
It is “a great step forward, and now the question is whether we can get to yes,” she said, adding that the bill was the only way to move forward, as leaders “have put all of the pieces and choices in the right order.”
Pelosi rejected calls for the bill to be pulled as members of the Democratic caucus from both parties joined in opposition to the bill.
She also told CNN’s State of the Union that Republicans, from what she said would be a “caging” of the party of Pelosi, need to “step forward and support the president’s plan.”
She also warned that if they chose not to, Democrats will “take our knives… and we’ll go from the House to the Senate.”
Pelosi is up for re-election in the next month, but she said she was not concerned about whether or not voters wanted a Democrat in the race, saying she is going to win.
She added: “I know a lot of friends and family of mine that are going to vote for me. I love my job.”
The US Capitol in September
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will have their last chance to pass the healthcare bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would effectively repeal Obamacare.
Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Pelosi said Republicans should abandon their effort and “take our knives” and pass the bill.
She suggested that Republicans don’t even want to “put a toe of your toe through the ice” and then “get out of the water, because what would be the point?”
Pelosi also criticised the House’s work on the bill, saying “you have not really had a discussion with anybody about where we are going as