Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP’s three-phase health plan ‘ain’t gonna happen’

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Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said a House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is fatally flawed because it relies on a three-pronged plan for totally gutting the 2010 law instead of killing it outright.
GOP leaders have urged their troops to rally around a bill that repeals Obamacare’s mandate requiring people to hold insurance or pay a tax, replaces its subsidies with refundable age-based tax credits and reels in and caps funding for Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor.
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The bill relies on arcane budget rules to avoid a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, since the GOP only holds 52 seats.
Yet conservatives say the plan amounts to “Obamacare lite” and puts too much faith in the Trump administration’s ability to use regulatory authority and future legislation, which can be filibustered, to erase the Affordable Care Act’s coverage requirements and regulations on insurers.
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