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Pelosi: We Have to Implement Obamacare Before We Make Any Changes to It

"None of these suggestions [are] acceptable."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, says she doesn't know exactly what the Republicans intentions are in the wake of the announcement by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, that they will advance legislation to temporarily extend the government's ability to borrow money to meet its financial obligations, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit: AP

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Democrats will not consider making any changes to Obamacare.

She said lawmakers may consider amending the bill -- but only after it's been implemented.

"None of these suggestions [are] acceptable," Pelosi said in reference to Republican efforts to delay the law's individual mandate for one year.

"After we open government and a plan is in place — any law that a Congress makes, a Congress can make another law and so bring your ideas forward. But not, with government shut down and before the plan is even in effect, are they going to make changes," she said. "We'll see how it works — [we're] open to other suggestions, but not shutting down the government unless you have your way, before the bill is implemented."

Pelosi said Republicans have a secret motive for wanting to attack President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

"[W]hat they're trying to get to, you know, is Medicare and the rest of that under the guise of the Affordable Care Act," Pelosi said. "So be very careful about the facade that they put on this health issue, because what we're concerned about is where they go next on that subject."

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

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Featured image via Associated Press.

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