Nancy Pelosi: ‘Vote For Medicare — Vote For President Obama’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday night said the election is in large part a referendum on Medicare.

“Democrats will preserve and strengthen Medicare. Republicans will end the Medicare guarantee,” she said at the Democratic convention. “It’s just plain wrong. When you go to the polls, vote for Medicare. Vote for President Obama!”

She warned that Republicans might also try to fundamentally alter Social Security if elected: “Social Security is on the ballot. Democrats enacted it. Democrats will fight to preserve it. Some Republicans want to replace the guarantee of Social Security with the gamble of private accounts. It’s just plain wrong. When you go to the polls, vote for Social Security. Vote for President Obama!”


Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.