“The second Republican Senator in as many days just admitted the truth: they and Donald Trump are endangering the healthcare of the American people in order to practice the most cynical form of partisan politics imaginable,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Yesterday John Cornyn said it would be a ‘luxury’ to know if the Senate would vote to take coverage from 22 or 32 million Americans, and now Ted Cruz is urging Republicans to put the next year’s elections ahead of the well-being of American families.”
Washington Examiner: Ted Cruz warns: Failure to act on Obamacare will hurt GOP in 2018
by Anna Giaritelli
Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lashed out at Senate Republicans on Friday for their inaction in healthcare reform legislation, and said it could result in real problems for the GOP in the mid-term elections.
Fox News co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Cruz on Friday if senators are worried about how the current Obamacare repeal and replace process could hurt them next year if they do not rescind the law.
“If they’re not, they should be,” Cruz said on Fox News when asked if Republicans should be worried about the 2018 elections. “You’re exactly right, voters should hold us accountable.”
“I’ve said many times if we fail to get this done, I think collectively Republicans will look like fools,” he added. “You can’t have your central promise for seven years be we’ll repeal Obamacare, and then you show up and vote not even to take up the bill to consider repealing Obamacare.”
The first-term senator said Republicans need to follow through on these promises.
“We should be frustrated cause we have politicians who campaign promising one thing, then they do something different in office. What I’m urging my colleagues ? it’s not rocket science. Let’s do what we said we would do,” Cruz said.
Cruz recently introduced an amendment that would allow insurers to sell plans that do not comply with Obamacare mandates. The policy would lower premiums and boost enrollment, according to both Cruz and the Department of Health and Human Services.