Cruz 'not certain' Senate will pass healthcare bill
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial Cruz: Hearing from witnesses could extend Senate trial to up to 8 weeks Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas) hedged on Wednesday night about the Senate's chances of passing the GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"The process of repealing it in Congress has been messy. It's been bumpy. I am not certain we will get it done. I hope we will. I believe we will," the GOP senator said during a town hall with Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), a conservative outside group.

GOP leadership is still trying to reach a deal that could clear the Senate. With no Democrats expected to support its legislation, it'll need to win over at least 50 GOP senators.

Cruz noted that the requirement, which allows leadership to lose only two senators, "isn't easy." 


Cruz is holding a string of town halls this week with CVA expecting to focus on reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans-related issues.

But he got into a brief back-and-forth with an attendee during his town hall on Wednesday night, who questioned the GOP senator on the healthcare plan.

Cruz, noting he wouldn't "engage in yelling back and forth," recommended those interested in healthcare go rewatch his CNN debate with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE (I-Vt.).

"Bernie's view is he wants free everything for everyone. And you know that is wonderful — in a world where you believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and pixy fairies, you can give free everything to everyone. But in the real world that doesn't work," he said.

Cruz was part of the working group convened by Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public George Conway group drops ad seeking to remind GOP senators of their 'sworn oaths' ahead of impeachment trial GOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles MORE (R-Ky.) to craft the Senate's proposal.

He's also been pushing for an amendment to the Senate bill that would allow insurers to sell plans that do not comply with ObamaCare insurance regulations, so long as they also sell plans that comply with those rules.