Texas Conservative Grassroots supports Senator Cruz


June 30, 2017

Media Release – For Immediate Release

Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Leadership Supports Cruz Opposition to current Senate BCRA & Opposes Cornyn’s Push to Fast-track Health Care Bill

Texas – Today, leaders from sixty distinct groups released a coalition letter supporting Texas US Senator Ted Cruz’s opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and a letter to Texas US Senator Cornyn opposing Senate GOP leadership’s intent to fast track the health care bill before explaining it to the American people. See the Cruz Letter here and the Cornyn Letter here.

Writing to both Senators, the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition stated, “Specifically, we oppose the bill because it does not repeal Obamacare, nor does it significantly reform American health care. Instead, the BCRA bails out insurance companies and actually props up the current system through the next election. It leaves in place heavy-handed federal regulations that have driven up family health insurance premiums by 140 percent since Obamacare was implemented.”

The Coalition cites analyses by Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Tenth Amendment Center Director Chip Roy and Senior Federal Policy Analyst Drew White:

Director Chip Roy, “…Simply put, the bill doubles down on the fundamentally flawed architecture of Obamacare and if implemented, will neither increase the actual care available to the people nor drive down the cost of care or insurance. It maintains Obamacare’s subsidy regime, retains almost the entirety of the regulatory architecture driving up people’s premiums and deductibles, continues the previous Administration’s unconstitutional bailouts to insurers, and maintains the Medicaid expansion for five more years before slowly attempting to reform the program.”

Senior Federal Policy Analyst Drew White, “While many of the Medicaid reforms are welcome, these reforms occur too many years down the line and are far from guaranteed to be implemented. If this bill passes, Obamacare will effectively be permanently enshrined as lawThis is not what Congress has promised the American people and will only pave the way for a government-run, single payer system. The Senate should, simply put, start over.”

JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America and one of the Coalition’s leaders, said, “We strongly support Senator Cruz in his opposition to the current Senate health care bill. We’ve made it clear to both Senators Cruz and Cornyn that we don’t want a health care bill rammed through Pelosi-style, and we expect the Republican leadership to honor their campaign promises to the American people. Obamacare needs to be repealed – period. They need to clear the way to allow better access to health care, reduced health care costs, and reduced health insurance premiums. The heavy-handed federal one-size-fits-all approach has made a complete mess of things. Under ObamaCare, people lost insurance coverage, endure escalating premiums, and many most certainly did not get to keep their preferred doctors. The GOP promised to clean it up, and that’s what we expect them to do – not pass a Republican version of Obamacare and call it done.”

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