Harry Reid Urges Republicans to Fix a Law They Opposed All Along

By Susan Jones | December 10, 2013 | 6:10 AM EST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joins other Democrats in applauding the moment when President Obama sign the Affordable Care Act into law. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Not a single Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act, but they must now help Democrats make the law work, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Monday.

Although the rollout of the Obamacare website was "rocky," many of the major problems have been fixed, he said.

"There are still problems with the Affordable Care Act and ways we can make it better. But we can't improve the law without help from reasonable Republicans. It's time for my Republican colleagues to give up their fantasy of repealing a law that's already benefiting tens of millions of Americans and start working with Democrats to make the Affordable Care Act succeed instead."

Democrats, led by Harry Reid, rushed the bill through the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009. A few day before, Reid promised that the bill would save lives, save money, and save Medicare. A news release issued at the time hailed the Affordable Care Act as "the latest achievement in Reid's long record of fighting for a healthy Nevada."

In a campaign debate in October 2010, Reid defended the new law: "We had to do health insurance reform to (remain) competitive in the world economy, and it creates jobs, thousands and thousands of jobs."

In that same debate, Reid blasted the profit motive of insurance companies, saying they have "almsot destroyed our economy."

"We need them to be forced to do mammograms," Reid said. "That’s why you see breast cancer awareness month, you see the baseball players wearing pink shoes and you see the football players having pink helmets. It’s because people dread breast cancer, and you don’t get breast cancer, you correct breast cancer, you detect it, if you do mammograms.

"Colonoscopies – if you do colonoscopies, colon cancer does not come, cause you snip off the things they find when they go up and – no more. And we need to have the insurance companies do this, it’ll save money in the long run to do this."

Reid also said he wanted other American "to have that same health insurance that I have, and that’s one of the reasons we worked so hard to get health insurance reform passed."

But CNN reported last week that Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

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