Cruz still a no on ObamaCare repeal bill

Cruz still a no on ObamaCare repeal bill
© Greg Nash

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R-Texas) is still opposed to the latest ObamaCare repeal legislation despite the changes that have been made to the bill, according to a Cruz aide.

Cruz's position further endangers the Republican ObamaCare repeal effort, which appears to be on the brink of failure.

The Texan is the third senator to publicly oppose the bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate Democrat says he will 'settle' for less aggressive gun control reform 'because that will save lives' Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyBill CassidySunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist Legislators look to expand health care access through telehealth, biosimilars Infrastructure deal is proof that Congress can still do good, bipartisan work MORE (R-La.). Senate Republicans can only lose two votes and still pass the bill; Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul: Chris Cuomo firing 'a small step toward CNN regaining any credibility' GOP anger with Fauci rises Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default MORE (R-Ky.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns GOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News MORE (R-Ariz.) are already opposed.

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Cruz on Sunday said he wants to get to "yes," but is not there yet.

"Right now they don't have my vote, and I don't think they have [Sen.] Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight MORE's [R-Utah] either," Cruz said.

On Monday, senior Cruz aides said the senator's position hasn't changed.

Cruz wants to get to "yes," but is not there yet, they said.

The bill “needs to lower costs for consumers, and we are going to keep pushing for that.” 

According to aides, Cruz is interested in making changes to how insurers comply with “Title One” of ObamaCare, similar to an amendment he introduced to the repeal bill over the summer.

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However, Cassidy on Monday said the the most recent version of the bill is the final one, aside from corrections to drafting errors.

The updated version of the repeal bill, released publicly Monday morning, includes more conservative regulatory policies designed to win over key holdouts.

Both Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have sounded optimistic about the Cassidy-Graham legislation, but have held back their full support.