Cruz Touts Amendment In Hopes Of Passing Senate Healthcare Bill

Dora Pope
July 9, 2017

That means that while Cruz is already trying to shore up support across the state for his re-election bid in 2018, promising to destroy his constituents' access to health care - and having the audacity to mock those who don't want him to do so - is not exactly a winning strategy for him. 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.

"After seven years of promising voters over and over again if you elect us we're going to repeal Obamacare, I think the consequences could be catastrophic if failing to do it", he told reporters following the event.

Conservative senators and GOP leaders met with the Senate parliamentarian - who serves as the referee on what provisions meet reconciliation's guidelines - late last week to discuss the amendment, a sign leadership is taking Cruz's proposal seriously.

Sen. Ted Cruz talks with Dan Caldwell, with Concerned Veterans for America at Sheraton Houston Brook Hollow on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled Thursday that Congress will have to patch up Obamacare's ailing markets if Republicans can not smooth over their differences and pass a replacement plan.

Back inside, retired engineer and Navy veteran, Bill Kelberlau, said he agreed with what he heard from the Senator.

Cruz and Utah Sen.

Frustrations are mounting with Cruz among Senate negotiators because leaders have felt blindsided by his demand that the legislation essentially eliminate the protection for people with pre-existing conditions.

GOP leaders thought Cruz would be on board if the legislation tackled other regulations, such as rules for what services insurers must provide as essential health benefits, which the public Senate bill addresses.

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"Chuck Schumer knows a lot about healthcare hoaxes - because the real hoax is the one he and Barack Obama sold to the American people when they first rammed through Obamacare", Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said in a lengthy retort, accusing Democrats of issuing a "litany of lies" to push their law through in 2010.

This makes Cruz's proposed reform, which is backed by other conservatives such as Lee, dead on arrival with the Republican caucus, senior Senate GOP aides warn.

Moderate Republicans might balk if the plan as rising costs for people with preexisting conditions, however especially if the CBO comes back with an ugly score.

Cruz said such a repeal should be delayed "either a year or two years" to give lawmakers time to work separately on a replacement.

Cruz told an audience at KTSA his amendment is a compromise.

The Cruz amendment could also help get the vote of Sen.

Whatever the end result is, it'll be done only with Republican votes. He said while many veterans like the care they get at the VA, others want and deserve choice.

The idea has also won the approval of Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus in the House, who tweeted Thursday: "When you create competition allowing people to make the best choices for themselves-prices go down".

Sen. (R-Ky.) has made repeated statements that he will likely vote against the bill if it includes refundable tax credits to help low-income Americans buy health insurance - a pillar of the current Senate bill.

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