Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters this week that he’s looking for a few good proposals to alter the Affordable Care Act, giving fellow Senate Democrats a chance to advance bills that may win them some favor during an mid-term elections.
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Reid said he’s looking to "improve" Obamacare, but he did not specify the types of proposals he’s looking for. He did say that there or 5 or 6 strong proposals that he’s got his eye on and that he’s not a fan of merging them into a single collective bill.
"If there are things we can do to improve the bill, we should do it," Reid told Bash. "There’s a group of senators, 2014ers we call them, who are coming up with different proposals. I’m meeting with them some this week and individually."
Sen. Reid has been hostile in the past to efforts to wedge medtech tax repeal bills into budget resolutions, despite petitions signed by more than 900 medical device companies who urged the lawmaker to make repealing the levy a top priority.
In a press conference in September 2013 Reid called the medical device tax "stupid," but a spokesman later sought to walk that comment back, saying Reid meant that the move to repeal the tax is stupid.
Nevertheless, his latest comments represent some of the most friendly he’s regarding proposals that would alter the ACA.