Even with a vote to repeal President Obama's health care law set for July 11, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes the fight to uphold the law has come to an end.
Asked on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday whether she thought Republican attempts to overturn the law were "unrealistic," she agreed, saying that though there may be room for improvement, the law will stand.
"I think that that part of it is over," she said in reference to the repeal debate.
Her comments come in contrast to those of another top Democrat, one of the architects of the health care law, California Rep. Henry Waxman. He said on CSPAN's Newsmakers that if Republicans were to take the House, Senate and White House, he believes they could repeal the law.
"If [the American people] vote for Romney and they vote for the Republicans to have control of the House and the Senate, there's a good chance the health care bill will be wiped out, and all of these benefits will be wiped out," he said.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been running on a platform of repeal, and House Republicans will likely back him up with a largely symbolic vote to overturn the law on July 11. Recent polling indicates that Americans still remain divided on the law, making it a useful issue on the campaign trail. Pelosi admitted that Democrats may have stumbled on the messaging game when it came to communicating the benefits of the law to the public.
"The fact is, is that, yes, more needs to be done" in communicating the law's benefits to the public, she said, accusing the health insurance industry and "anti-government ideologues" of swaying the conversation against the law with "$200 million of negative publicity."