Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Nev.) defended ObamaCare Wednesday, saying it’s more than just a failed website.
“We know that HealthCare.gov is not perfect ... but ObamaCare is more than a website,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “And whenever Republicans are ready to stop complaining and improve the law Democrats will work with them.”
Reid pointed out that Kentucky — the home state of his GOP counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: Dems dig in over Zika funding Business groups ramp up pressure to fill Ex-Im board Senate Dems: No August break without Zika deal MORE (R-Ky.) — has set up one of the most successful healthcare exchanges, saying some are signing up for healthcare plans for as little as $17 a month.
But McConnell countered that ObamaCare has failed people in more ways than just having a problematic website.
“The president is right when he says ObamaCare is about more than a website — I couldn’t agree more. It’s about people,” McConnell said. “There is no software fix for the damage this law has already done to Americans’ paychecks.”
McConnell pointed out that thousands of Kentuckians and millions of Americans have received letters from their insurance companies saying they’re losing the coverage they already have. One of President Obama’s campaign promises was that if a person likes their current healthcare plan they could keep it under a grandfather clause in the law.
“The truth is, if the president likes your plan you can keep it, not if you like your plan you can keep it,” McConnell said.
Republicans have called for a full repeal of the law, or at the very least delay for one year of the individual mandate requiring people to have health insurance or face a tax penalty.