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Pelosi Open to Working With Trump on Democrats' Terms

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Monday, 27 Mar 2017 09:18 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday she is open to working with President Donald Trump on healthcare reform – but it will be on Democrats' terms.

"We're willing to listen," the California Democrat told NBC News.

"We always want to work with the president, but my message to the president is, 'First, do no harm.'"

Even though the Affordable Care Act is one of Pelosi's signature achievements in Congress, she believes it could use some "updates," NBC News reported – though she says improvement is "all about timing."

Pelosi said, for example, there could be improvements to the insurance exchanges, which have suffered from fleeing insurance companies in some states – and Democrats would be eager to work with Trump on giving the government more power to negotiate prescription drug prices, NBC News reported.

"That's one place we can work together and that would signal his good faith and willingness to work together," Pelosi told the news outlet.

Pelosi lauded Democrats' united front against the president's agenda. According to NBC News, preparations to defend Obamacare started days after Trump's election – with a major push to mobilize grassroots activism.

"Inside maneuvering is essential, but it doesn't get the job done unless you have outside mobilization," she told NBC News.

"Success breeds success," she added. "I'm proud of our caucus. I'm proud of the coordination we had with the outside. I'm proud we could convey to the grassroots, we don't consider ourselves the drumbeat they echo, we consider ourselves the echo of their drum beat."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday she is open to working with President Donald Trump on healthcare reform – but it will be on Democrats' terms.
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