Harry Reid: 'Obamacare Has Been Terrific for This Country'

Susan Jones | September 8, 2016 | 5:42am EDT
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Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) remains a strong supporter of Obamacare. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The Senate's leading Democrat continues to support the Affordable Care Act, which is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many Americans.

"Obamacare has been terrific for this country," Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told a news conference on Wednesday.

"Is it perfect? No, but if we'd had just a tiny bit of cooperation, just a little bit of cooperation from the Republicans, it would be better. But all they've done is wish it hadn't passed because it's been one of the most substantial things to happen in America since Social Security and Medicare.

"And so what did they do? Vote 70 times to defund it. And we know what Einstein said: someone that keeps doing the same thing over and over again is a sign of insanity."

Reid spoke shortly after Republicans denounced the latest round of Obamacare premium hikes and the dwindling choices for consumers.

Even though one Arizona county has no Obamacare options at all for 2017, Reid looked on the bright side:

"News is out today that 92 percent of Americans now have health insurance. Think what it was before Obamacare. Parents no longer have to worry about their children having insurance until they're age 26. Parents with children who have diabetes, women who are -- women no longer have to worry about being able to be forced to pay more for their insurance."

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services said an estimated 73 percent of HealthCare.gov consumers could still purchase a plan for less than $75 per month, even if all premiums increase by double digits.

That's because the majority of subscribers get tax credits to keep their premiums "affordable." But even for those with affordable premiums, access to health care is limited by the high Obamacare deductibles.

Also See:
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