Ted Cruz Offers Alternative to Obamacare

AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez
AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez

As the Supreme Court takes up a case that would rule out subsidies for health insurance in roughly three dozen states, which would crush insurance markets in those states and cripple Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz—along with Senator Marco Rubio—is offering his own health insurance proposal.

Cruz’s plan, called the Health Care Choices Act, would allow consumers to cross state lines to buy health insurance and eliminate Obamacare’s mandate for Americans to have to buy health insurance.

According to The Hill, Cruz and other GOP members submitting their own alternatives to Obamacare are hoping that if the Supreme Court outlaws the subsidies, they can offer their substitutes. Cruz told The Hill:

The administration has done absolutely nothing to prepare for an upcoming Supreme Court decision that could leave millions of Americans unable to afford insurance thanks to this failed law. Republicans must offer the American people alternatives that lower costs and break the status quo that favors big government and big health care business over hardworking Americans.

Some of the other GOP plans offered tax credits for consumers buying insurance and would allow states to ignore rules set by Obamacare, according to The Hill. Details of Cruz’s plan have been more straightforward than some of the other plans, which have been adumbrated in op-eds, rather than Cruz’s clearly delineated legislation.

Cruz concluded, “Every last word of Obamacare must be repealed. And while we continue that fight, we must also send bill after bill to the president’s desk to stop its harmful effects.”


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