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Op-ed Placement

How Ted Cruz Rescued Republicans on Obamacare

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07/17/2017
Originally Published in Washington Times on 7/16/17.

Finally, Republicans are getting smart on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with an assist from Sen. Mike Lee of Utah — to get the GOP to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums and save money for the government — all without alienating millions of voters. He’s pulled the Republicans’ fannies out of the fire by flipping a political losing strategy into a big time winner.

The Cruz amendment — which has been inserted into the Republican Senate health plan — is smart because it doesn’t take anything away from anyone. If you want Obamacare — you can have it. You can have the coverage for the 30-some “essential benefits,” you can have the subsidies and the exchanges that were supposed to save $2,500 per family. It’s still there for you.