House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned that Republicans who vote to pass the American Health Care Act today will have a "scar they will carry" from that vote, and that they will be "forever identified" with the vote.
"They have this vote tattooed on them. This is a scar they will carry," Pelosi said when asked if the House bill could be improved in the Senate. "It's their vote, not the Senate vote. It's their vote they are taking. So that is really a poor choice... cowardly, I might add. Why would they vote for it if they don't think it's worthy of support because the Senate will change it?"
"Whatever happens down the road, the members of the House Republican caucus will be forever identified with the worst aspects of the bill they passed," she added.
Given the unpopularity of the AHCA, some believe the vote could lead to an opportunity for Democrats could retake the House.
However, Pelosi claimed that she was not thinking about the 2018 ramifications.
"This isn't about politics. This is about the American people. It's about a pillar of economic and health ... security for America's families," she said. "It's a stupid bill. It's a bill of deconstruction of government. It's not a bill of saying 'we have a better way to do this.' They're saying 'we don't want to do this.'"
The House Democratic leader said that she Is not encouraging any disruptions on the House floor ahead of or during the vote.