Sen. Ted Cruz called on Senate Republicans to remember the promises they made to the American people about repealing Obamacare or risk looking “like fools.”
The Texas senator warned his colleagues that they have had years to reach this pivotal moment.
Seven long years.
“Since Obamacare passed, Republicans have been telling the American people ‘if you elect us, we’ll get rid of it,'” Cruz said on “Fox & Friends” Friday.
Since Obamacare passed, Republicans have been telling the American people, “if you elect us, we’ll get rid of it!” pic.twitter.com/JKpgaP0p82
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 21, 2017
“We made that promise over and over again,” he said. “We said give us the House, they did. We said give us the Senate, the voters did. We said give us the White House, and we gotta deliver now.”
While pointing out the obvious failure of not making good on this important promise, Cruz thought there was still hope.
“I think there is a path to get to ‘yes.’ I think we’re close,” he said. “There’s a lot of common ground. There’s a handful of holdouts still but I believe we can come together like we have to.”
He believes the focus should be on lowering premiums, something his new Consumer Freedom amendment seeks to accomplish as it allows consumers the freedom to choose any plan they want, including one that still includes all the Obamacare mandates.
The former GOP presidential candidate pointed to a study by the Department of Health and Human Services which concluded that the amendment would mean lower premiums and higher individual enrollments.
— Rob Bluey (@RobertBluey) July 19, 2017
HHS concluded that Cruz’s amendment “would expand coverage by more than 2 million people and drive down premiums by $7,000 a year. That’s a lot of money for a family that’s struggling,” Cruz said.
“It’s not rocket science,” he added, urging senators “let’s do what we said we would do.”
Cruz shared that he has “had many discussions” with President Trump on the issue and Trump has been “very productive, very helpful” while pressing a simple message: “Get it done.”
“The voters should hold us accountable. If we fail to get this done, I think collectively as Republicans we look like fools,” Cruz said.
He later tweeted a follow-up.
We have to deliver now. I believe we can come together. We have to.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 21, 2017
Twitter users seemed to get what Cruz was saying. Now if only the rest of the Republicans in Congress could do the same.
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If Republicans don’t come together and get it done NOW, this country will be in serious, irreversible trouble.
— Scott C. Robertson (@OHIOINTEL) July 21, 2017
So one would think y’all could have come up with a decent plan in seven years.
— CT (@cktimmons) July 21, 2017
We kinda like, elected u to do that. What are u guys eating at five star restaurants and playing croquet even doing over there? Repeal it…
— Lawrence Polyakov (@Larrypolya22) July 21, 2017
Would appreciate it if you all would just get together and fix it. That’s all you have to do. Be adults and fight for Americans.
— Jennifer Sturch (@jensturch) July 21, 2017
Congress needs to get their act together.. ridiculous! Why have they waited until now to put something together? Procrastination in action!
— Doug Darnielle (@Ddarn29) July 21, 2017
Get it done senator! The Senate needs to deliver!
— Julius Caesar (@AlmightyJCaesar) July 21, 2017
Thank you for all you are doing to deliver that promise @tedcruz !
— newsjunkie523 (@newsjunkie523) July 21, 2017
Thank you for taking the lead on this and trying to make something happen.
— Steven P (@Saphrog) July 21, 2017
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