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Pelosi: Need 'Common Ground' With GOP, With 'Sincerity'

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 07:34 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes Democrats "have a responsibility" to find "common ground" in working on a health care plan — but calls current GOP legislation a "failure in the public mind."

In an interview with NPR posted Wednesday, the California Democrat said she doesn't think President Donald Trump "has the faintest idea . . . about the health care thing."

"We have a responsibility to the American people to find as much common ground as we can" with Democrats, she said. "There has to be sincerity, though."

"In my office I have a painting of Abraham Lincoln, who said, 'Public sentiment is everything,'" Pelosi added.

"Regardless of the number of Democrats in the House, the number of people who are affected, 24 million [people] who would lose their care, I'm depending on public opinion . . . The fact is the more we point out the shortcomings of the legislation, the fewer votes [Republicans] will have."

Pelosi asserts Obamacare has always been "a private-sector initiative" that "contains many Republican ideas."

"The more the president might learn about [healthcare] then he might see where there's a path [to working with Democrats]," she said.

"Understand this about Republicans, and then you'll understand part of what our challenge is here," she added. "They always are gearing whatever they do to benefit the high end. This is the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of our country, in terms of hundreds of billions of dollars going into the pockets of the top 1 percent of the people in our country, at the expense of the good health of our middle class and those who aspire to the middle class."

And for that, she blames both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump.

"Ryan . . . is [a] philosophical, right-wing, anti-government [person], and so an act of mercy for him is to reduce the government's role," she said. "So we're talking about two different things. They're debating whether it's 'Trumpcare' or 'Ryancare,' but neither of them wants it identified with themselves because it's such a failure in the public mind."

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