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Affordable Care Act

Minority Leader Pelosi Says Democrats Won’t Shy From Health Law

Nancy Pelosi touted her legislative agenda for women at an all-girls school located near the Third Ward.

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Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the House, serving from 2007-2011. She is now House Minority leader.

Pelosi touted her legislative agenda for women at an all-girls school, the Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, located near the Third Ward. The agenda focuses on economic issues affecting women, such as the gender pay gap, paid sick leave, affordable child care, and tax credits.

Nancy Pelosi was the first female Speaker of the House, serving from 2007-2011. She is now House Minority leader.

She appeared at a rally in Houston with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. They honored Houston women who started their own businesses, as well as Houston civic leaders such as Ruby Mosely, 84, an activist in Acres Homes.

Pelosi supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, increasing paid sick leave and increasing funding for child care programs. Pelosi has held 24 similar events across the country to highlight the agenda, using the motto “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.”

Pelosi also said the Affordable Care Act is a key part of helping women and families succeed in today’s economy.  

“We are so very proud of the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “We believe it honors the vows of our founders of a healthy life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”

She pointed out that the law helps women because it outlaws the practice of charging women higher insurance premiums than men, based on the risks of pregnancy and childbirth.  

“Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing medical condition,” Pelosi said.

The Obama administration just announced that five million people have purchased affordable health plans under the law.

The goal is for 6-7 million to enroll by the deadline at the end of March.

But Republicans seem poised to use Obamacare as a political weapon during the Congressional midterms.

The strategy worked well in a special Congressional election last week in Florida.

The Republican candidate eked out a victory based on his opposition to Obamacare.

But Pelosi says Democrats have no plans to shy from the law.

“Our members are not running from this issue at all,” she said. “And we are determined to fight to make sure that it succeeds.”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee co-hosted the rally.  She says she’d like the Obama administration to extend the enrollment deadline an additional month, through April 30.

That will give uninsured people more time to enroll in a health plan without incurring a small tax penalty for 2014.

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