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Sen. Ted Cruz to hold health care town hall in Austin Thursday

09 July, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Jan Cross
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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.

"I think it was a good opportunity to have the exchange", Cruz said. 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.

"I would say that if we voted on the Cruz proposal, it would be in the neighborhood of 37 to 15 against, 37 no votes and 15 yeses, and that's probably generous", said a GOP aide familiar with the Senate negotiations.

"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.

Cruz has implied that he might not support his party's harmful health care repeal bill - not because it would gut Medicaid to give tax cuts to the rich, but because it does not go far enough, in his opinion.

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. 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". "But don't make everybody buy it".

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The decision to send Cruz's proposal to the CBO indicates that leadership is considering the idea seriously enough to have it analyzed for its impact on consumers and the federal budget. Without Lee, it becomes hard to imagine a path for the legislation to pass; 50 of the 52 Senate Republicans must vote for it. Cruz's insistence, according to GOP aides, in recent weeks that the Senate bill scrap the regulations governing pre-existing conditions is a shift that has made their job more hard. But Democrats have tried to help, said U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston. He also reiterated his opposition to the Affordable Care Act but acknowledged that getting the votes in the Senate to repeal it remains a challenge.

"Republicans didn't want to fix it", Green, ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee, told the American-Statesman.

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Senate staffers argued that Cruz has consistently pushed for more flexible and affordable healthcare plans.

On Thursday, Cruz said there could be "catastrophic" consequences for Republicans if they fail to repeal Obamacare. Inside, the discussion was much cooler, but tensions mounted when the topic turned to health care. Now, with health care as the biggest policy issue in the country, he's playing the issue like an insider.

"It is precarious", Cruz said. "The majority is so narrow".

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