House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) visited Indianapolis Friday to speak at an event hosted by Congressman André Carson (D-Indianapolis).
The event at Central Library was billed as a place to talk about women’s equality, the economy, minimum wage and health care.
One audience member asked Pelosi about the working poor who accumulate medical debt because they don’t have insurance. Pelosi says it’s crucial to increase support for community health centers.
“They are such an important resource for help, and we are just in this period now of sending, writing legislation in the committee to go to the floor for increased funding for the community health centers,” Pelosi says.
Other topics included how to get more Democrats in Indiana to vote, and the high rate of maternal deaths in the United States. Pelosi says the Affordable Care Act is trying to address the maternal death rate by giving women full reproductive health care.
Pelosi also took questions from members of the media on accountability for government agencies at the U.S.border with Mexico. She says as migrants are moved from Border Patrol to ICE to Health and Human Services, timelines and health conditions need to be enforced.
“We want to make sure that the timetables that are there are honored,” Pelosi says. “And we're very specific about that as to what time it takes to move on what the conditions are in terms of hygiene, nutrition, safety.”
Pelosi says she thinks these conditions are intolerable, but bills also have to be written in a way that will get them signed by President Donald Trump.