McConnell and Cruz go to war over healthcare

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are at odds again as the GOP’s healthcare bill stalls in the Senate.

Cruz is now insisting the bill should include a reform which would allow insurance companies the freedom to sell any types of health plans they want, as long as they also sell at least one plan that qualifies under the regulatory requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

However, it’s been reported that most Republicans would not be on board with this measure, because they don’t want to see the legislation eliminate the protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Word on the Hill is that the Cruz proposal will never get the support needed.  A staff worker who serves a prominent senator told DML, “Cruz is stirring up press for himself because he’s been completely irrelevant since he screwed Trump at the convention last year.”

The stalemate between McConnell and Cruz hearkens back to 2013, when things got so heated regarding ObamaCare that Cruz called McConnell a liar on the Senate floor during a debate on the Export-Import Bank.

Currently, two versions of a revised healthcare bill have been sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), one has the Cruz amendment and the other does not. What the CBO’s findings will be are anyone’s guess at this point.

A USA Today/Suffolk University survey of 1,000 voters conducted during the last week of June found that 77 percent say it is “very important” that people with pre-existing conditions pay the same price for health insurance as others.

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