Ted Cruz was on with Mark Levin tonight discussing the Obamacare replacement bill in the Senate and the process under which it is being written.
First, I agree with Cruz on the fact that Obamacare itself doesn’t need to be debated. But what does need to be debated in hearings are the policies the Republicans plan to implement so that we know what is going into this bill and, unfortunately, what isn’t going to be repealed.
At this point Cruz admits that he doesn’t know what’s in the bill and doesn’t know what will end up being in the bill, as he points out that the bill itself is being written in McConnell’s office with his staff.
He does note that most if not all Republican voices have been heard in the Senate and that he’s worked hard over the past 5 months to push the bill in the direction of repeal. But he didn’t seem too confident, at least to me, that it would get there. In fact he said if leadership ignores everything that conservatives in the Senate have said over the past five months, that this process won’t end well and the bill will fail.
Regarding the bill itself, Cruz says there are two terrible outcomes for this bill. The first is it won’t fully repeal Obamacare. Honestly, I think that is a given at this point. I’d be utterly shocked if a full repeal bill came out of the Senate.
The second, which Cruz said would be worse, is if the bill doesn’t actually lower people’s premiums and fix the underlying problems. Cruz indicated that for him the bill MUST solve the underlying problems related to Obamacare and if it doesn’t do that, then he’ll vote no.
Listen the audio for much more on this. You really should, as Cruz was quite frank on this and it’s definitely worth seven minutes of your time.