WH Official says President Trump Supports Cruz/Lee Proposal

A top White House official is indicating that President Trump supports the healthcare reform proposal of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

According to Axios, the senators’ plan would add more heath insurance options to the current Senate healthcare bill, and “might not include all of the Affordable Care Act’s protections for pre-existing conditions.”

“We hope it’s part of the process of bringing everybody together,” White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on Sunday.

Cruz and Lee’s proposal is seen by some as a more conservative alternative to the current bill, adding more options for healthcare coverage without the large amount of Obamacare entitlements.

Sen. Lee has said that if the bill cannot be passed, Congress should repeal Obamacare first, and replace at a later date.

“What we ought to do is get back to what I’ve been suggesting for the last six months, and that is to push full repeal and then go through a step-by-step process to determine what comes next,” he said.

“If we adopted a measure repealing Obamacare and put a delayed implementation measure in there … I think it’s easier,” he added. “Sometimes when you lump too many things into one piece of legislation, you doom its chances of success and that might be where we are right now.”Last month, Cruz floated the idea of an amendment to the Senate bill called the “Consumer Freedom Amendment.” The amendment would leave existing Obamacare plans on the market, while also allowing consumers to purchase plans that do not comply with requirements of the Affordable Care Act.“What that does — it leaves existing plans on the market but it gives new options so that people can purchase far more affordable health insurance. It will enable a lot more people to be able to afford buying health insurance,” Cruz said.

“If a health insurer offers a plan consistent with the Title One mandates, insurers can also sell in that same state any other plans that consumers desire,” Cruz said.

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