Cruz hits CNN for referring to 'so-called' healthcare amendment

Cruz hits CNN for referring to 'so-called' healthcare amendment
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Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzBare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Dem lawmaker: Trump should fire Sessions GOP Senate candidate: concerns about Trump are 'coming to fruition' MORE (R-Texas) knocked CNN on Thursday for referring to his healthcare amendment as the "so-called Consumer Freedom amendment."

"Weird… my search for tweets from CNN mentioning the 'so-called Affordable Care Act' turned up no results," Cruz tweeted, linking to the search.

The CNN article featured in the tweet also referred to the amendment as “so-called.”

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A version of Cruz's "Consumer Freedom Amendment" is included in the GOP’s latest version of the bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

The amendment allows insurers to sell plans that don't meet all of the requirements set by ObamaCare as long as they feature a plan that does.

Cruz said Thursday that he would support the GOP’s new healthcare bill shortly after it was unveiled.

A member of the Senate GOP leadership said Senate Republicans may not use the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to score Cruz's controversial amendment, citing time constraints. 

Instead, analysis from the Trump administration — including the Department of Health and Human Services or the White House Office of Management and Budget — could be used instead.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill Bipartisan group of governors call on GOP to reject skinny repeal Dems get CBO scores on what they think skinny bill will look like MORE (R-Ky.) delayed the Senate’s August recess by two weeks to give lawmakers more time to pass the healthcare bill.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsDems don’t want to help GOP improve repeal bill Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Tech: Trump touts new Wisconsin electronics plant | Lawmakers to unveil email privacy bill | Facebook funds group fighting election hacks Bare bones repeal plan gains steam in Senate Overnight Healthcare: Senate rejects repeal-only ObamaCare plan | Ads target Heller, Capito over vote | Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moving US 'toward single-payer' MORE (R-Ky.) have both said they oppose the new version of the legislation, meaning McConnell can’t lose any more GOP votes in order to pass the bill.