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Pelosi downplays Obamacare defections; Clyburn says Dems ‘insulating’ themselves
Washington Post

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sought Sunday to downplay the impact of the 39 House Democrats who broke ranks to vote for a Republican bill that would alter the federal health-care law, as one of her top lieutenants said most of the defectors were trying to “insulate” themselves. “The number is approximately the same [compared to] two or three months ago as it is today. When the Republicans put forth a political initiative, people act, respond to it politically,” Pelosi said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” She was referring to House votes during the summer in which dozens of Democrats joined Republicans to vote for a measure to delay coverage mandates for individuals and businesses.