House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seemed to imply that former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was speaking for someone else in a prediction about Obamacare's employer mandate, questioning who he is working for.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gestures as she speaks at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Legislative Summit in Washington, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
"Robert Gibbs' opinion, I don't know who his clients are or what his perspective is,” Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. “But we are celebrating the fact that we have over 7 million who have signed up, not counting the 3.1 million who are, a, on the policies of their parents until they're 26 years old, not including over 3 million and probably closer to 5 million on Medicaid, which would bring us close to 15 million people who, uh, now have quality, affordable health care.”
Last week, Gibbs – who served as President Barack Obama's press secretary from 2009 to early 2011 – predicted the law's employer mandate would be nixed.
“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect,” Gibbs said. “It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go.”
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, requires that all individuals have insurance and that employers provide insurance policies or face a penalty. The employer mandate has already been delayed twice administratively.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)