Cruz: 2017 Could Be ‘Heartbreaking Missed Opportunity’ for Republican Congress

Added on 01 Apr 17

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told PJM he would “readily vote for a one-sentence repeal of Obamacare” and that there is still “a lot of common ground” among Republicans on “replacement policies” for the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz predicted that congressional Republicans would likely pass “significant tax reform” in the summer or fall.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) recently introduced a one-sentence bill to repeal Obamacare after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that the American Health Care Act was being pulled from consideration. PJM asked Cruz if supporting Brooks’ bill would be a good strategy for Republicans going forward.

“I would readily vote for a one-sentence repeal of Obamacare. Indeed, I have introduced legislation myself similar to that,” Cruz told PJM this week in an interview after his speech at a Federalist Society event on “Economic Liberty in the United States” at the National Press Club. “There seems to be strong Republican interest in replacement policies that expand competition, expand choices and drive down prices, and I think there’s a lot of common ground. We can come together to get that done.”

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