Cruz amendment could mean passage for BCRA

Cruz amendment could mean passage for BCRA

Cruz amendment could mean passage for BCRA

Instead we get words like "mean" or "It'll be just fine" that belies Trump's real understanding of the Senate GOP plan.

But asked if the Senate plan does that yet, Cruz was clear: "not sufficiently". If, however, he was to reach out to Democrats, while standing firm on the individual mandate repeal, he could shore up some of his support from purple state swing voters who put him in the White House in the "rust belt" states. Under those circumstances, defunding President Obama's signature achievement simply wasn't going to happen.

Cruz said it is critical for Congress to focus on lowering premiums and to "honor our promise to repeal Obamacare - it isn't working and people are hurting across the state and across the country".

Cruz based the defunding effort on his contention once Obamacare was fully in place and subsidies began to flow - that was scheduled to begin on January 1, 2014 - there would be no stopping it.

"It hasn't been fleshed out yet, so I believe pre-existing conditions ought to be covered, and we shouldn't deny people coverage with pre-existing conditions, so that would have to be worked out", Sen. And they should look for ways to help more moderate-income Americans handle the higher cost of comprehensive coverage, rather than trying to lower premiums by letting insurers sell flimsier policies. "I don't know if we will", Cruz explained. "In America, we've got something different".

Within half an hour, the forum designed for Cruz to answer predetermined questions turned into a shouting match between audience members.

While candidate Trump followed the standard Republican line to "repeal and replace Obamacare", a reform is more likely.

"It depends", Cruz said Tuesday.

And that's where Republicans are now. The cheaper, non-compliant plans would not be required to provide protections for people with pre-existing conditions or be required to offer all 10 essential health benefits, enabling providers to offer them at significant discount relative to compliant plans. Medicaid also pays for the care of two-thirds of the elderly people in nursing homes because they have exhausted savings.

The Senate Republicans' plan would reduce spending on Medicaid, the federal-state system that insures the poorest 20 percent of Americans, by $772 billion over a decade. And it is proving very, very hard. Currently, Cruz is one of nine Republican senators opposing the legislation.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz made the statement on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, during a busy morning for the Republican who hit several Sunday programmes to talk about health care policy. Marco Rubio said, "This is our last chance and our last best chance to do something about this." Sen.

McConnell has said he plans to hold a vote on the legislation, which needs the support of at least 50 of the Senate's 52 Republicans, before a six-week recess that begins on July 29.

However, Republicans have had "seven years of campaigning" to come up with an Obamacare repeal, and the party has been up to bat.

The GOP now has two drafts of the health care bill, one which includes Cruz's provision, known as the "Consumer Freedom Option", and another which excludes the provision.

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