ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Op-Ed in Politico: ‘The Right Way to Repeal Obamacare’ What the press doesn’t understand is that Obamacare, in practice, has proven to be a disaster, and it’s hurting millions of people. We’ve had three elections that focused on Obamacare repeal......
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 05,2017 - ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Op-Ed in Politico: ‘The Right Way to Repeal Obamacare’
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) penned the following op-ed for Politico, outlining a plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare. Among Sen. Cruz’s prescriptions for healthcare reform, he calls for the repeal of Obamacare's insurance regulations and makes clear that the vice president or Senate majority has the statutory and constitutional authority to ensure the regulations are repealed, regardless of the advice of the Senate parliamentarian.
An excerpt of the Senator's op-ed is below. Full article may be viewed here.
The Right Way to Repeal Obamacare
By: Sen. Ted Cruz
March 2, 2017
Is Obamacare Republicans’ Waterloo?” That was the question a reporter posed a couple weeks ago. It’s the narrative increasingly being pushed by the media, and starting to become conventional wisdom in Washington.
My response? What the press doesn’t understand is that Obamacare, in practice, has proven to be a disaster, and it’s hurting millions of people. We’ve had three elections that focused on Obamacare repeal, 2010, 2014, and 2016. All three were massive victories for Republicans. If that’s Waterloo, we could use a few more of them.
So, how do we go forward? Here are two overarching principles, three concrete steps and six areas of consensus to guide us.
Two overarching principles
First principle: Honor our promise. When you spend six years promising, “If only we get elected, we’ll repeal Obamacare,” you cannot renege on that promise. Failure is not an option. Breaking our word would be catastrophe. The voters would, quite rightly, never again trust Republicans to deliver on anything.
The second principle is don’t make it worse. The Pottery Barn rule applies: If you break it, you own it. Democrats broke healthcare: Since Obamacare passed, millions of people have had their plans cancelled; average family premiums on employer-sponsored plans have risen by about $5,000; and average family deductibles on the individual market have also risen $5,000. Consumers are paying more for less, and that’s hurting a lot of families. Republicans can’t make it worse; instead, we’ve got to fix the problem.
Three concrete steps
First, begin with the 2015 repeal language. Senate Democrats have made clear that they will filibuster any attempts to repeal Obamacare, so the only way to get it done is to use a procedural vehicle that can’t be filibustered. Budget reconciliation—a special procedure that by statute requires only 51 votes to clear the Senate—fits the bill. The hurdle is that budget reconciliation is governed by complicated procedural rules; only legislation that is budgetary in nature is permissible. And it is the Senate parliamentarian who typically decides whether a given proposal is allowed on reconciliation.
Second, repeal the insurance regulations as well. In 2015, these coverage mandates of Obamacare were excluded from the repeal language. The parliamentarian never ruled on whether including them would be permissible on reconciliation. But we’ve got to repeal those mandates. Why? The single biggest factor driving popular dissatisfaction with Obamacare is