Cruz provision in Republican health bill 'unworkable in any form', insurers warn
– Cruz amendment would allow sale of bare-bones insurance policies
– Judgment from insurance duo deals blow to Republican efforts to pass bill
Associated Press in Washington
Saturday 15 July 2017 12.53 EDT
As the Trump administration continued to woo state governors over healthcare reform, two of the US insurance industry’s most powerful organizations said a crucial provision in the Senate Republican healthcare bill, crafted by Ted Cruz and allowing the sale of bare-bones policies, was “unworkable in any form”.
The judgment dealt a considerable blow to party leaders’ efforts to win support for their legislation.
Leaders included the Cruz provision in their second healthcare bill in hopes of winning votes from other hardline conservatives. But moderates have worried the bill will cause people with serious illnesses to lose coverage, while some conservatives say it does not go far enough.
Two of the 52 Republican senators have already said they will oppose the legislation. Majority leader Mitch McConnell cannot lose any others for the legislation to survive a showdown vote expected next week. A 50-50 tied vote, with all Democrats opposing the measure, would be enough for the bill to pass with a vote from Vice-President Mike Pence.peacecorps, Pastiche, Gryneos and 8 otherssnot, bbgrunt, LaaDeeDaaVA, PADemD, glinda, roguevalley, HIP56948, SurrealAmerican like this
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