Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has less to say about a Supreme Court case with the potential to fatally cripple Obamacare than the law's namesake does, but he agrees with President Obama that the Court never should have heard the case.
"I believe the language is so very clear that they shouldn't have even taken the case up," Reid told National Journal.
The case in question, King v. Burwell, challenges the legality of subsidies offered on federal Obamacare exchanges. Brought by conservative opponents of the law, it threatens the tax credits of more than 6 million people in 34 states.
As both parties use the case to make larger points about the success or failure of Obamacare in the weeks leading up to the decision, Reid believes the law's war on words is already over.
"The message, we've won," he said. "Let's just hope the Supreme Court understands their obligation to the American people."
Reid lamented the possible fallout if the Court sides against the administration.
"It's clear that we have 6 or 7 million people who will lose their subsidies, and it would be such a disservice to them," Reid said. "And knowing that it throws the whole system out of kilter, if 17 million people who are part of this, it would endanger what we have getting the poorest of the poor on Medicaid—so it's awful if they turn this down."