Senator Ted Cruz reprimanded his fellow Republican Senators on Fox News Friday about their lack of action on the Obamacare reform.
Senator Cruz sat in the hot seat of Fox and Friends on Fox News recently, answering the tough questions regarding the promised repeal of Obamacare and what could happen in 2018 of they fail. “What the president said last week is exactly right – voters should hold us accountable… I’ve said many times if we fail to get this done, I think collectively, Republicans will look like fools. You can’t have your central promise for seven years be we’ll repeal Obamacare, and then you show up and vote not even to take up the bill to consider repealing Obamacare.”
He seems to share the frustration of the Americans who voted in a Republican majority largely based upon the promise to get rid of Obamacare, which is failing in dramatic fashion.
Cruz expressed his disappointment in his colleagues for their inaction on Republican campaign promises. “Republicans have been telling the American people, ‘If you elect us, we’ll get rid of this,’” he stated. “We said ‘Give us the house.’ They did. We said ‘Give us the senate.’ The voters did. We said ‘Give us the White House’…We’ve got to deliver now.”
Fox and Friends host Ainsley Earhardt dug a little deeper, asking Cruz if Republican senators are concerned about how the indecision could affect next year’s elections. Cruz said, “If they’re not, they should be…We should be frustrated cause we have politicians who campaign promising one thing, then they do something different in office. What I’m urging my colleagues? It’s not rocket science. Let’s do what we said we would do.”
Cruz believes the “path to success” lies with the new amendment he is proposing, called the Consumer Freedom Amendment, which would allow insurance companies to sell plans outside the Affordable Care Act stipulations. He says it will boost enrollment and lower premiums.
“What that does,” Cruz explained, is “it leaves existing plans on the market but it gives new options so that people can purchase far more affordable health insurance. It will enable a lot more people to be able to afford buying health insurance.”
Senator Cruz says that if Republicans don’t followthrough on their promise to repeal Obamacare, the party will have trouble with voters in 2018. Do you agree? Let everyone know in the poll!
Cruz asserts that the main reason people are unhappy with Obamacare is that it has caused insurance rates to skyrocket for people not participating in the program. Cruz says the focus should be on lowering premiums by offering the consumer more choices and giving insurance companies more competition. His amendment, he said, would not remove policies covered by Obamacare, but it would instead open up more options, giving consumers the ability to choose coverage without as many regulations.
Despite his frustration that his colleagues seem to be at a standstill regarding the direction of U.S. healthcare reform, the Texas senator still believes there is hope that they will all come together and pass a bill that will totally replace Obamacare. “I think there is a path to get to ‘yes,’” he said. “I think we’re close.”
Cruz believes there’s a lot of common ground. He believes they will eventually come together. “I believe we have to,” he told the hosts.