A heated debate erupted on Wednesday morning as Senator Ted Cruz insisted that America “start over” on health care reform. During an appearance on CNN’s New Day, Chris Cuomo pressed the health reform issue, causing Cruz to argue that the law simply “isn’t working.”
“How can we say it’s not working when it isn’t implemented yet?” Cuomo asked. “How can you say premiums are skyrocketing when they haven’t put the plans into effect yet? You’re being a little dangerous with how much political spin you put on something that’s so central to the well-being of so many families?”
“Well, I appreciate the adjective you tossed my way,” Cruz fired back.
Cruz then proceeded to tell dramatic stories of people across Texas who had individual policies that have lost their healthcare as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In many cases, that’s because the plans no longer meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. When Cuomo asked the senator about his solutions to help these people, Cruz was completely shook and at a loss of words. He had absolutely no idea how to respond.
“You don’t think that you have a responsibility as a U.S. Senator to do better than that in terms of offering solution on what to do next?” the host asked.
“Well, I appreciate you’re trying to lecture me in the morning,” Cruz said. “Thank you for that.”
Ted Cruz must be living on another planet if he thinks that providing healthcare for millions of people that don’t have coverage is a better option than not having insurance. The 5 million people that have lost their insurance that Cruz is claiming, is merely an estimate. No exact figures have been provided. Not to mention that these people will be able to purchase a new plan, which in most cases will be better than their previous plan. His statements are nothing more than pandering to the obvious right-wing listeners. Let’s not quickly forget that Cruz was the man who championed the government shutdown in an attempt to stop Obamacare. As a result, he wants to pretend his actions had nothing to do with the slow roll out of the plan. You don’t get to force a government shutdown, then complain about the problems that arise as a result of your childish and unprofessional behavior.
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