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Pelosi: Congress Should Focus On Making Obamacare Work, Not Elections

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Problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, including thousands of cancellation notices sent to consumers with plans from the individual marketplace, have Democrats up for re-election in 2014 worried about their chances at the polls. On Friday, 39 Democrats voted for a Republican bill that allows insurers to renew plans canceled under the new law and offer those plans to new customers.

Pelosi said that Democrats cannot "run away" from the health care law just because it's a political issue. She insisted that despite the botched rollout of the federal exchange website, the law itself will benefit many.

"This is a big deal," Pelosi said. "The measure will be how many more people can sign up."