"Democrats are very proud that we stood up for the right of every man, woman and child to life-saving medical care instead of insurance companies," Reid said.
Reid said that whatever the court rules on the law — partially upholds the legislation, upholds it, or entirely rules it unconstitutional — the Senate would "work through" the decision.
"Whatever the court does we will work through that. If they uphold it, that's great. If they don't uphold it, uphold parts of it — whatever it is, Mr. President, we stand ready, willing, and able to work to make sure that Americans do have the ability to get healthcare when they get sick," Reid said. "So I look forward to the opinion coming out in the next half hour or so, and we'll see what that holds."
Reid also praised the lack of leaks about the ruling. The court handed down a number of major decisions earlier in the week and signaled it would release the healthcare ruling at 10 a.m. Thursday. Although there was massive speculation about the ruling throughout the week, there had been no hints about the healthcare decision prior to the announcement.