Cruz faces health care heat during town hall

Cruz faces health care heat during town hall”

Town halls became popular and contentious venues for voicing concern over health care in the summer of 2009 when President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act was being debated in Congress. Ted Cruz (R-TX). It would allow for insurers to sell stingy plans that are not compliant with ACA regulations as long as they also sell at least one compliant plan.

For the Cruz amendment, there's another potential problem - the bill might not meet the strict requirements of reconciliation, the fast-track budget maneuver Republicans are using to repeal-and-replace ObamaCare because it avoids a Democratic filibuster. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has said he could support the BCRA if the Cruz amendment is included. He said sicker Americans would be segmented to a pool with ever-rising costs, since healthier people will gravitate toward the cheaper, barebones plans.

The rallies have been organized by Concerned Veterans For America, a conservative leaning nonprofit advocacy group that has been pushing to allow veterans into private health care options rather than rely on the traditional VA bureaucracy.

Those inside and outside protesting had a variety of complaints, but most were directed at Cruz's idea of how to overhaul Obamacare.

"Ted Cruz is no savior of healthcare", said Joe Miguez, an Army veteran.

"We're trying to help figure it out because there's a lot of support for what he's trying to do", Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynCruz plan could be key to unlocking healthcare votes 'Kate's Law' battle shifts to the Senate, testing Dems GOP leaders prepared to make big boost to healthcare innovation fund MORE (R-Texas) said a few hours after the meeting.

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"Or CBO will come back and say the market will be destroyed and 45 million people will be left without insurance", said one staffer.

"You all on The Hill are scaring the living daylights out of us with the health care nonsense that you're doing", she said.

Not every Republican senator remains convinced by the Cruz amendment. Sen. "Unpaid end-of-life caregivers provide almost double the hours of support per week compared to other caregivers, but they did not receive additional pay from government or private insurance, according to the Health Affairs study".

Senator Cruz responded to those inside "I think it's critical as republicans to honor our promise to repeal Obamacare".

Sen. Richard Burr, another ally to Senate leadership, said, "The Senate bill keeps current-law protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, prohibiting the denial of health insurance coverage for this reason".

"You would likely see some market segmentation".

They are backed up by conservative groups such as FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth, which panned the legislation made public last month. Mr. Meadows previously indicated that his conservative caucus did not think the Senate's bill did enough to eliminate ACA regulations. One conservative Senate staffer argues that if the Senate leadership does not include the amendment, conservatives will not vote for the BCRA.

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