Ted Cruz offers Obamacare fix, but will it make things worse?


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Nine times out of ten, Ted Cruz is right.

This may be that tenth time.

The conservative Texas Republican plans to offer an amendment to the GOP Obamacare bill that, on its own, is a good idea.  Cruz’s language seeks to “allow insurers to sell plans that do not comply with ObamaCare insurance regulations, so long as they also sell plans that comply with those rules,” The Hill reports.

As a stand-alone bill, that’s a step in the right direction.  But as part of the GOP bill, it may end up saving Obamacare from repeal.

The current GOP bill does not repeal Obamacare.  It keeps many of the worst parts of Obama’s plan, such as central planning of what insurance policies must cover, and an unsustainable expansion of government entitlements.

As such, the bill is on life support.  Were it to pass, the most objectionable parts of Obamacare wouldn’t just be permanent, but they would be official GOP policies.

If Cruz’s amendment passes, it could convince enough conservatives to support the whole bill.  The sum result would be a GOP endorsement of Obamacare and a Republican-led expansion of government spending and control over healthcare, with one minor regulation fixed.

While it does loosen a regulation on insurers, it does so by explicitly stating the Federal government has the power to tell insurers what policies they must offer — a notion Republicans vowed to strike from Obamacare.

As such, many conservatives oppose Cruz’s miscalculation, preferring to see the GOP plan shelved and the entire Obamacare program completely repealed.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

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