Pelosi: Constitutionality of health care bill "ironclad"


UPDATED 8:25 a.m. ET

(CBS News) House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi expects the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law by a vote of six to three.

"I think we are ironclad on the constitutionality of the bill. We believe in the Constitution. We believe in judicial review," she said Friday in an interview on "CBS This Morning."

The Supreme Court is expected to rule sometime this month, and possibly as soon as Monday, on the constitutionality of the landmark legislation passed while Pelosi was speaker of the House.

Even as she predicted a 6 to 3 vote, she said Democrats are prepared "for any eventuality."

Asked what she would specifically do if the Supreme Court throws out some or all of the legislation, she said it was unlikely the entire law would be thrown out because some of the provisions of the law are already in place.

She noted children are not allowed to be denied healthcare on the basis of pre-existing conditions and those under the age of 26 are allowed to remain on their parents health care coverage.

"It would be really hard to see them roll back (provisions) that the public has become used to," she said, adding that supporters of the bill need to continue to "to herald what many of these things are, so they will have staying power."

Pelosi also slammed the Republican party for its "obstructionist" agenda.

"I think it's also important for the public to know that obstruction is the agenda of the Republican party. If the win, that will be their agenda. They don't believe in a government role, clean air, clean water. You name it," she said.

She said she hopes there will be more bipartisanship going forward.

Republicans "have said that the most important thing they could do is to make sure he does not succeed, and that's just wrong for the country," she said.

To see the entire interview, by "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill, click on the video in the player above.