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 CruzTrump's Texas endorsement boosts a scandal-plagued incumbent while imperiling a political dynasty Trio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia 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.

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