Ted Cruz Proposes Clever Temporary “Fix” For Imploding Obamacare


Ted Cruz has come up with a clever temporary fix for the imploding disaster that is Obamacare, and it’s starting to catch on.
Cruz is proposing Obamacare stay intact while Congress passes new legislation, but with an added clause allowing insurance comapnies to sell private coverage too.
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Ted Cruz’s amendment to the Senate health bill to bypass Obamacare’s insurance regulations is gaining momentum as the bill comes under withering attack from conservatives and the president.
Conservatives ratcheted up their criticism of the Senate bill Friday after President Trump tweeted that if the Senate can’t pass the bill, it should repeal the entire law and replace it at a later date.
But some groups and House lawmakers instead touted an amendment from Cruz that would let insurers sell plans that don’t comply with Obamacare’s mandates as long as they sell some that do.
The White House later clarified that it is not moving to a “plan B” on healthcare, but the tweet gave conservatives a reason to vent that the Senate bill doesn’t do enough in repealing Obamacare.
Several conservative groups said that if they have to live with the Senate bill, it had better include Cruz’s amendment.
 “If we insist on this half measure, then we should have the amendment,” said Jason Pye, director of public policy for the Koch-backed conservative group FreedomWorks during a call Friday.
Cruz had been meeting with GOP leadership on the amendment and said earlier this week he thinks the idea is gaining momentum.
But Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said that there are concerns about sharing the risk between the plans that don’t have to meet Obamacare, which likely would be cheaper, with the plans that do.
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The amendment would let insurers sell plans that don’t comply with Obamacare’s insurance mandates such as covering essential health benefits and community rating, which prevents insurers from charging sick people more money.
But insurers have to offer some plans that do comply with the requirements.
The amendment was sent to the Congressional Budget Office as part of the full Senate bill to determine the impact on premiums, the deficit and insurance coverage, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The amendment is a compromise between conservatives who want to repeal the law’s mandates and centrists worried about affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
It remains under “serious discussion” by Senate GOP leadership, said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., in an interview with the Washington Examiner. Meadows is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a faction of about three dozen conservative lawmakers.
Senate lawmakers are not likely to use a provision sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a top member of the House moderate faction, that would have allowed the states to repeal many Obamacare mandates.
That’s okay, Meadows said, even though the MacArthur amendment was needed to attract enough GOP votes to pass the House.
“We have to have either the Cruz amendment or the MacArthur amendment, or something that does a similar thing in reducing premiums,” Meadows said.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, MacArthur said he accepts the Senate approach, which would significantly loosen Obamacare’s existing state waiver requirements.
Meadows noted that the Senate bill isn’t likely to change in the House before a vote on final passage.
“There is 75 percent chance that whatever passes the Senate comes here for an up or down vote,” Meadows said.
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