WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - The healthcare rollout, Treasure Coast water crisis and politics were just some of the topics U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi touched on in a wide ranging discussion I moderated Wednesday.
In front of a crowd of more than 700 people, the Democratic congressional leader defended the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature domestic legislation. But Pelosi conceded the rollout was terrible and said lawmakers should have done a better job explaining that people may not be able to keep their old policy if they like it--a pledge saying they could had to be retracted.
"We are very disappointed that the website did not work right out of the box. It was shameful. It was disappointing. It shouldn't have happened. It's improving and that will be fixed. But the policy, the particulars of the legislation, are solid and strong. I do think we could have conveyed to the people what was in the legislation," she said.
Pelosi also reached out to Republicans in the audience on Everglades restoration. It's necessary to avoid a repeat of last summer's toxic water crisis on the Treasure Coast, but legislation to fund more re-plumbing of the Everglades is in limbo.
"This is a water bill, this is a big jobs bill, it's a water bill. I know this is a non-partisan crowd, weigh in with your Republican friends because we're saying to the speaker, bring the bill to the floor," she said.
You can see more of my interview with Representative Pelosi Sunday morning on To the Point. It starts at 11 a.m., right after Meet the Press.