Cruz still a no on ObamaCare repeal bill

Cruz still a no on ObamaCare repeal bill
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump changes mean only wealthy immigrants may apply, says critic The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Viral video shows O’Rourke air-drumming to the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ after Cruz debate 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 GrahamGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw Kavanaugh: 'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing' MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Overnight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal MORE (R-La.). Senate Republicans can only lose two votes and still pass the bill; Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulA Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too Conservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill MORE (R-Ky.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote MORE (R-Ariz.) are already opposed.

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 LeeThis week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos Ex-college classmate accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week 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.

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.