Meet the Press   |  November 17, 2013

Pelosi talks about dropped health insurance coverage

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California talks about the problem of insurers dropping coverage for tens of thousands of Americans.

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>> but the president has been apologetic, he's been accountable for saying something that was not the case. you were speaker of the house . you in many ways were seen as an architect and key ally on this. this is what you said back in june 2009 on msnbc. watch.

>> what we are talking about is affordable quality accessible health care for all americans. it's about choice. if you like what you have and you want to keep it, you have the choice to do that.

>> are you accountable for saying something that turned out not to be correct?

>> well, it's not that it's not correct, it's that if you want to keep it and it's important for the insurance company to say to people, this is what your plan does. it doesn't prevent you from being discriminated against on the basis of preexisting conditions, lifetime limits, annual limits.

>> there is a bottom line which people understand and the president won't acknowledge, and that is if the government has decided there has to be minimum requirements in any health care plan, so if you have something and you like it, and it doesn't meet what the government says you have to have, you cannot keep it. and that's not what you said here.

>> if you had your plan before the enactment of the law in 2010 . if you had your plan before. there is nothing in the law that says you have to. but again, we can go back and forth on this.

>> this is an important deal because the grandfathering has changed. the president is acknowledging, and it doesn't seem like you're acknowledging that people say back in 2009 you can keep what you have. this is all about choice.

>> you could if you had your plan before the enactment in 2009 . grandfathering is for those before 2009 . let me say this, and i commend the president. he's gracious and he's taking responsibility. but that doesn't mean that there was anything in the law that said if you like what you had before 2010 you couldn't keep it. i think it's really important to make that point. he took responsibility for the big picture and that's important for him to do because that's what people see. but there is nothing -- you said earlier the law says that you must -- you can't, the law doesn't say that. but again, near here nor there. how do we go forward?

>> the bottom line is people are getting policies that were canceled and that's not the representation that was made. it was also foreseeable, it was part of the debate this would actually happen.

>> i would agree with you for the policy since 2010 but not for the 2000 before. the approximately also said the insurance companies , and many have been responsible, some not so, the insurance company has to say to you you're not getting the preexisting conditions, you will have lifetime limits, you will have annual limits, and, by the way, you have to tell people that they can go to the exchange, the marketplace, where they may qualify for a subsidy or they may just get a better price.