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Cruz says there’s still an agreement to be made on healthcare reform; here’s why he’s not on board, yet

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It comes down to costs.

Sen. Ted Cruz is one of four Republican senators who aren’t on board with that chamber’s version of the American Health Care Act.

“This current draft doesn’t get the job done,” Cruz told reporters. “But I believe we can get to ‘yes.'”

The Texas Republican said that “common sense reforms … that lower the cost of premiums” are needed to get his approval of any proposed legislation.

“The current draft circulated this morning doesn’t do nearly enough to lower the cost of premiums,” Cruz observed.

He said that insurance company leaders have consistently asked to be able to sell policies that consumers have requested — such as “low cost catastrophic policies” — something Obamacare prohibits.

The effect of permitting additional health insurance choices would be to lower premium costs, Cruz said.

“That’s what consumers want, and that’s what the Republican majority should give to them.”

He expressed faith that something agreeable could be hammered out.

“We made a lot of progress. We made a lot of agreement [but] not all of that agreement is reflected in the current draft,” he added. “We can get this done — we can get to ‘yes.'”

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah joined Cruz in a joint statement they’re “not ready to vote for this bill.”

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