Ted Cruz on Healthcare Bill: 'We've Got to Do It Right'

Cruz plan could be key to unlocking healthcare votes

Cruz (R-TX) will continue to push for an amendment that would allow health insurers to sell plans that do not comply with Obamacare insurance regulations if they sell plans that do comply with those regulations.

Republicans who grabbed every lever of political power in November are struggling to replace Obamacare with something better, however.

"Remember, [former President Barack] Obama promised your premiums would go down $2,500 a year", Cruz said.

ADVERTISEMENTInstead, he is again being a thorn in McConnell's side, much like he was in 2013, when he insisted on blocking a government spending bill unless it included language halting the implementation of ObamaCare, the staffers argue. Healthy people would buy non-Obamacare plans, while sick people would buy the more robust Obamacare coverage. Ted Cruz's key objectives.

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. "If you look at what is happening with ObamaCare now people are hurting under it".

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. Mike Lee are working on an amendment to the Senate legislation that would remove protections for preexisting conditions and would call for greater choice for Americans.

Another attendee accused Cruz of stalling during a long story about his healthcare debate with Sen.

Senator Cruz responded to those inside "I think it's critical as republicans to honor our promise to repeal 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.

"I'm trying to bring folks together to unite the conference behind the shared goal: let's lower premiums", Cruz told reporters as he left a town hall meeting in Austin. While a contingent of moderate Republicans in the Senate hinted at opposing the Senate plan, Cruz and other conservatives announced they couldn't support the bill.

"You would likely see some market segmentation".

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Cruz said if Republicans do that and premiums continue to skyrocket, "that's how you get a Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi or a leader Chuck Schumer". With 52 Republicans in the Senate, McConnell would have to win over most of those "no" votes.

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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