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Nancy Pelosi suggests Robert Gibbs is being paid to criticize Obamacare

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., brushed off former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' prediction that Obamacare's twice-delayed employer mandate will never take effect by suggesting he is being paid to talk down the law that he touted as it moved through Congress.

"Robert Gibbs' opinion, I don't know who his clients are or what his perspective is, but we are celebrating the fact that we have over seven million who have signed up, not counting the 3.1 million who are a, on the policies of their parents until they're 26 years old, not including over three million and probably closer to five million on Medicaid, which would bring us close to 15 million people who, uh, now have quality, affordable health care," Pelosi told CNN's Candy Crowley.

Gibbs predicted the employer mandate would never take effect at a conference last week. "It's a small part of the law," he said. "I think it will be one of the first things to go.”

Pelosi disagreed, calling the employer mandate "integral" to the success of the law. "[Obamacare] has strong pillars in it, that relate to each other," she said.

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