Reid: ‘Obamacare has been wonderful for America’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in an interview Sunday that President Obama's health care law "has been wonderful for America."

Reid made the comment as a key aspect of the law -- the requirement that larger employers provide their employees with a health insurance option -- has been delayed a year by the White House.

“Obamacare has been wonderful for America," Reid said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Six million seniors have wellness checks now. Three point one million young people now have insurance. ... If you have a preexisting disability, you're covered."

Reid noted that Republicans have voted to repeal the law dozens of times, and he said they should instead focus on making it better.

"They should just get real and understand this is a law that's important, and they need to work with us to improve it," he said.

Appearing later on the same program, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Obamacare will be the "premier" issue in the next election and defended repeated GOP efforts to repeal it.

“It’s in all likelihood is going to be the premier issue in the 2014 election," McConnell said. "The American people dislike it even more now than they did when it was passed, and they hope that the Congress will respond their desire to stop this train wreck before it happens.”

Updated at 11:34 a.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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