At RedState, Andrea Ruth reports that House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows broke from withholding comment on the process in the Senate to tweet that he is in favor of the health care bill currently making its way through the Senate if an amendment to the bill offered by Sen. Ted Cruz is a part of it.
The text of the Cruz amendment hasn’t been publicly released, but it is being circulated on typed handouts. It would allow insurance companies to offer plans that did not meet certain Affordable Care Act requirements if they also offer plans that do. In allowing such plans to be sold, insurers would be able to offer more affordable plans that don’t adhere to ObamaCare’s insurance regulations to individuals who don’t necessarily need or want to pay for certain coverage.
According to the New York Times “The Upshot” blog, The Cruz Consumer Freedom amendment wouldn’t explicitly create and fund the special insurance markets, as the House bill did. Instead, insurance experts said, it would create a sort of de facto high risk pool — encouraging customers with health problems to buy insurance in one market and those without illnesses to buy it in another.
This is how Sen. Cruz described his plan last week:
If an insurance company offers at least one plan in the state that is compliant with the (Obamacare) mandates, that company can also sell any additional plan that consumers desire.
What that does is it maintains the existing protections, but it gives consumers additional new options above and beyond of what they can purchase today.
Marc Short, President Trump’s director of legislative affairs, said on Fox News Sunday, that they support the Cruz proposal.
In addition, the Washington Examiner reports that the Club for Growth expressed support for Cruz’s plan on Wednesday.
Axios reports that Senate Republicans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to analyze Cruz’s proposal — asking for one estimate of a health care bill that includes his changes and one that doesn’t.