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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets 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.”


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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform 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 Margaret CollinsGun proposal picks up GOP support Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Agricultural trade demands investment in MAP and FMD MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework 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.