Reid: Dems won’t ‘go back’ on ObamaCare
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he does not regret the party’s laser focus on healthcare reform under the Obama administration.
But he does have one regret on ObamaCare that he said might have hurt Democrats in the last midterm elections.
“Have a better rollout,” Reid said in an interview with Politico.
Several Democrats have turned their back on the president’s healthcare law in recent weeks, including third-ranking Senate Democrat Charles Schumer, who said the party “blew their majority” by focusing on the issue.
Reid said he stands behind the focus on ObamaCare, though he acknowledged that it has remained unpopular because of the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov that kept millions from accessing the site.
“We never recovered from the ObamaCare rollout,” he said. “I’m not going to beat up on Obama. The rollout didn’t go well. We never recovered from that.”
As the GOP gears up to take over the Senate and renew efforts to strike down the healthcare law, Reid said the Democrats will not concede on a policy issue that has been so important to the president.
“I’m not going to go back,” Reid said. “I think it’s a wonderful legacy for him.”
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