Pelosi Defends Affordable Care Act, Acknowledges ‘Change is Hard’

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday offered a vigorous defense of the Affordable Care Act on the fourth anniversary of its passage.

Polls say the law, which requires nearly everyone to obtain health care coverage, is viewed with widespread skepticism.

Pelosi, D-Calif., acknowledged the difficulty the law has had gaining acceptance.

“This is hard, change is hard, this is transformational in the lives of the American people, transformational in what it means to the dynamism of our economy when people can be free to follow their pursuits,” she told a Capitol news conference.

Make sure, she said, people call the law the Affordable Care Act.