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Flashback: When Pelosi Said Obamacare Is 'Affordable' 14 Times In 80 Seconds

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<p><a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HEALTH_OVERHAUL_PREMIUMS?SITE… you missed the news</a>, President Obama&rsquo;s marquee legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, just got a whole lot less affordable. &nbsp;</p>

<p>Across the United States, Obamacare premiums are set to skyrocket for customers, hitting an average hike of 22 percent&nbsp;across the country. While the premiums increase will vary from state to state, customers will see their rates rise from <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/24/news/economy/obamacare-premiums/index.h… percent&nbsp;in some states to 116 percent&nbsp;in others</a>.</p>

<p>While Obamacare&rsquo;s rising premiums are awful for taxpayers and people who struggle to afford insurance, the irony about the &ldquo;Affordable Care Act&rdquo; is only too real, and not at all unexpected.</p>

<p>Back before Obamacare became the unintentional <a href="http://www.mrctv.org/blog/video-crowd-laughs-when-candidate-compliments… joke for congressional candidates</a>, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried very hard to sell the legislation to the American people. During a 2014 press conference, Pelosi worked overtime to stress the &ldquo;affordable&rdquo; part of the Affordable Care Act.</p>

<p>And she didn&rsquo;t just&nbsp;make a passing remark about the Affordable Care Act being &ldquo;affordable.&quot; She hammered away at her point a <em>whopping 14 times</em>, all in less time than it would take to <a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/obama-using-obamacare… HealthCare.gov on your browser.</a></p>

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<p>Question from Press: Is Obamacare a winner or loser politically?</p>

<p>Pelosi:&nbsp;Well, you have to ask every member, but I believe that it&#39;s a winner. And, by the way, it called the &#39;<strong>Affordable</strong>&nbsp;Care Act.&#39; It&#39;s called the &#39;<strong>Affordable</strong>&nbsp;Care Act.&#39; I know you didn&#39;t intend any compliment or derogatory... it&#39;s called the &#39;<strong>Affordable</strong>&nbsp;Care Act.&#39; And the&nbsp;<strong>Affordable</strong>&nbsp;Care Act... when people know what it is and see what it means to them. And that&#39;s a case we have to make. We&#39;re grownups. When Franklin Roosevelt moved forward with social security, he said, &#39;I&#39;m so convinced about this, now make me do it. Everybody has to spread the word as to what this is. As the President said yesterday, &#39;Change is hard. It always is.&#39;</p>
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<p>She then proceeded to interrupt the follow-up question, and dig her grave even deeper.</p>

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<p><strong>Affordable</strong>.&nbsp;<strong>Affordable</strong>. There&#39;s a reason.&nbsp;<strong>Affordable</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>affordable</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>affordable</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>affordable</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>affordable</strong>. The reason they changed the name of it is because opponents want to get away from the word &quot;<strong>affordable</strong>.&quot; And that&#39;s why I&#39;m patient &nbsp;with some of these comments. Whatever it is, it&#39;s infinitely more&nbsp;<strong>affordable</strong>&nbsp;than the path we&#39;re on without the&nbsp;<strong>Affordable</strong>&nbsp;Care Act.</p>
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<p>This entire interaction is just too good.&nbsp;Not only did Pelosi tell us <em>14 times</em> that Obamacare would be, well, &ldquo;affordable,&rdquo;&nbsp;she said it for the purpose of discrediting anyone who would dare to think otherwise.</p>

<p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" src="http://i64.tinypic.com/2lc1z6f.jpg&quot; /></p>

<p class="rtecenter">(Every Obamacare Skeptic Right Now)</p>

<p>With a taxpayer price tag of nearly $2 trillion (that&rsquo;s right &ndash;&nbsp;<em>trillion),&nbsp;</em>one would argue that the Affordable Care Act was <a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/08/obamacares-impact-on-t…, ever really &ldquo;affordable&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;to begin with, but that&rsquo;s not the point. Next year&#39;s rising premiums are going to bring the&nbsp;cost of Obamacare home for millions of Americans. And while many of Obamacare skeptics are having a definite &quot;I told you so&quot; moment, we can&#39;t forget that the legislation is a mere six and a half&nbsp;years old, and its impact on the economy is only just beginning to take affect.</p>

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