Reid Meeting With Dems Thursday After 'Surprise' Call From Obama

November 14, 2013 - 7:24 AM

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Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "There are many questions about health care, and I understand that," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters on Wednesday. But Reid said he wasn't going to talk about the disastrous Obamacare rollout until after he meets Thursday with his Democratic caucus and White House officials.

Reid also said he was "surprised" to receive a late night phone call from President Obama on Tuesday.

"I had a -- quite a long conversation, at least for me -- I don't have many long conversations -- but with the president last night (Tuesday). It was kind of late; I was surprised when he called me so late."

Reid said he feels "very comfortable" after talking with the president that Obamacare "will be fixed." But he didn't say how. In fact, Reid didn't want to say much about it:

"There are many questions about health care, and I understand that. And that's why, tomorrow, I am having a full caucus. It's not a Democratic policy communications meeting like we usually have on Thursday; it's a full caucus. The White House is going to be there, a number of them, to meet with my senators tomorrow. And we're going to have -- I'll have more information after we have that meeting. But today, I'm not going to talk about health care any more than just what I have."

Asked if he's confident that the administration can get the health insurance program up and running, Reid said, "Yes."

But Sen. Ted Cruz, who led a highly publicized effort to defund Obamacare in September, says the Affordable Care Act is "falling apart," and he doesn't think it's "fixable."

"The White House is coming in with all of these fixes and little bells and whistles, but they're not going to work. It is fundamentally flawed," Cruz told Fox & Friends on Wednesday.

"And you know, I've got to say, at this point, in my view, stopping Obamacare is the essence of pragmatism. Three-and-a-half years ago, it might have been possible for reasonable minds to differ. There might have been some who would have said, well, maybe this thing will work; let's give it a try. Today nobody is saying that. Nobody can defend it, because millions of people are losing their jobs, are in part-time work, their premiums are skyrocketing and they're getting their health insurance canceled. We need to just -- we need to stop it and start over, because it isn't working."

Cruz said even the Clintons appear to be distancing themselves from Obamacare, something that "ought to be a signal" to other Democrats.

"And when President Obama and the Democrats keep fighting in a partisan way for a law that is taking away the health care for millions of people -- more people lost their health insurance because of Obamacare that have been able to sign up for it -- that should be a real signal that we ought to get some bipartisan cooperation to come in and say, listen, it's not working; let's start over."

House Republicans, meanwhile, have scheduled a Friday vote on a bill that would allow insurance companies to continue selling policies that don't meet Obamacare's mandatory coverage requirements.