Cruz Touts Amendment In Hopes Of Passing Senate Healthcare Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks in Elizabethtown Ky. The number of people without health insurance in the U.S. has grown by nearly 2 million this
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09 July, 2017

Cruz has risen to national prominence partly due to his insistence of ending the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama's signature legislative accomplishment. He is pushing an amendment to the measure to allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with ACA regulations provided they also offer a plan that does.

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon said in a statement: "If Senate Republicans insist on tweaking Obamacare, we urge them to adopt language being pushed by Sens".

At the same time though, Cruz said Thursday that he has not given up on getting a bill done.

Conservatives say allowing consumers to buy the type of coverage they want is the best way to drive down premiums, though opponents say consumers will pay less for skimpier benefits, while those who still want or need the type of robust coverage mandated by Obamacare will have to pay more. Ted Cruz's key objectives.

Senators were set to vote on the new healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act last week but not enough senators were in support of the bill. "If you look at what is happening with ObamaCare now people are hurting under it".

At one point the moderator tried to turn it back to veterans issues, but Cruz interjected saying he was "happy to have a respectful conversation". He said he hasn't decided how he will vote on the Senate's health care bill because he wants to "judge the final product".

Cruz and Utah Sen.

A McConnell spokesman on Thursday would not comment on what, if any, potential revisions to the health care bill have been submitted to the CBO, but noted that discussions are continuing during recess between leadership and rank-and-file members, as well as with the CBO.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with his colleague and friend Mike Lee (R-UT), introduced an amendment he hoped would save the Senate GOP's effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"The draft healthcare legislation preserves access to care for people with pre-existing conditions, strengthens Medicaid and does not change Medicare, gives people more health insurance choices, and allows people to stay on their family health insurance plan until they are 26", said Sen.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina told reporters last week, "If the Cruz consumer choice amendment gets there, yes I can support it without the MacArthur amendment in there because I think it gives everybody some options".

Many Republican senators have either called for protecting people with pre-existing conditions or praised the Senate bill unveiled on June 22 for keeping the current protection intact.

Supporters of the Cruz amendment argue that the so-called "stabilization funds" and federal subsidies would help ensure that premiums don't spike for individuals who are seriously ill.

"If they don't want to include that amendment, they can get to 50 elsewhere", said a conservative Senate Republican aide.

Other conservative groups like the amendment. Mr. Meadows previously indicated that his conservative caucus did not think the Senate's bill did enough to eliminate ACA regulations.

Whatever the end result is, it'll be done only with Republican votes.


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