Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks about lowering the cost of prescription drug prices Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks about lowering the cost of prescription drug prices Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
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Pelosi hits Seattle to talk prescription drugs and impeachment

In Seattle Tuesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she’s not worried that the effort to impeach President Trump will hurt democrats like Washington’s 8th District Congresswoman Kim Schrier.

Schrier is a pediatrician from Issaquah who took the district from republicans for the first time in its history in the last mid-term election.

“They take an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. But we can do both. We can uphold the Constitution, and we can win the election,” Pelosi said.

And up until recently Pelosi had opposed impeachment as “too divisive.” Now she says Democrats have no choice but impeachment.

Pelosi is often credited with being the architect of the democrats' success in the 2018 elections with her laser-like focus on an issue that voters care most about: health care.

Pelosi was at Harborview Medical Center with Rep. Suzan Delbene to campaign for a plan to lower prescription drug costs. Democrats want the government to negotiate prices directly to lower drug costs.

Pelosi called it a bi-partisan effort that “could happen this year," even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the bill will never get a vote in the Senate.

But Pelosi remains optimistic. She pointed out how effective health care was for democrats in the midterms last year.

“Nothing was more eloquent to our colleagues than the fact that this issue was the issue in the last election,” Pelosi said.

She urged the crowd to tell their stories about high prescription drug costs to help put pressure on elected officials.

A House vote on the democrats’ drug plan could come later this year.