With one amendment, AHCA holdout may have just saved Senate health care bill

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is working hard to try and salvage the Senate’s health care bill by offering up an amendment that seeks to find a balance between die-hard conservatives — as he is — and those who are more middle-of-the-road.

The bill, which rolls back portions of Obamacare, but doesn’t go the distance in getting rid of the legislation, has hit a number of roadblocks since its inception after Trump took office, but has finally passed the House.

According to the Texas Tribune:

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing hard to keep the Senate health care bill’s prospects alive, amid a rollercoaster week at the U.S. Capitol.

On Tuesday, Senate Republican leaders postponed taking up a major overhaul of the health care system as several Republicans and all of the chamber’s Democrats maintained opposition.

Cruz, a Texas Republican, is now proposing an amendment that would allow any health plan to offer “non-Obamacare compliant” plans in a state if it was already offering at least one plan that does comply with the 2010 health care law in that state, according to a Vox.com report.

That measure, combined with reducing the bill’s tax cuts, could possibly be enough to win over a conservative bloc of senators who are withholding support for the bill, while also freeing up funds to boost Medicaid funding, which might bring along some moderate Republicans opposed to the bill, per Vox.

A Cruz spokeswoman confirmed the details of the report to the Tribune.

It’s being reported that despite some bumps in the road, the Senate is expected to take up the issue again during the middle of July.

This could be an important step forward in helping President Trump fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, something that’s been greatly delayed since he took office.

Fortunately, it looks like the GOP is working to take a bill that wasn’t going far enough, to make it workable and beneficial to the American people.

The Affordable Care Act has been a disaster from Day One, dealing some serious damage to an already volatile health care system and economy. It’s something that absolutely needs to go, so here’s to hoping it actually happens.

[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]


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