It quite cleanly dispenses with the three-phase nonsense the Reasonable Gentlemen in the House thought necessary:
Cruz (rightly) raises the concern that the plan can’t make it past the second phase, simply because it would be too difficult to get the necessary Democrat votes.
But can it be done? Is it allowable?
Cruz thinks so.
“Every one of the reforms reduces premiums and has a significant budgetary impact and therefore, under the terms of the statute, those reforms are permissible under reconciliation,” Cruz said.If there is anything to the thinking that the best that can presently be done is to give the legislative effort the biggest nudge possible in the direction of true repeal and replace, this appears to fit the bill.
Its defining features could see people engaging in free-market behavior simultaneously with the continuing not-all-that-slow death of the "A"CA due to impossible-to-afford premiums, co-pays and deductibles, the crushing bureaucracy imposed on clinics and hospitals, exchanges with fewer plan choices and collapsing co-ops.
Ted gets to demonstrate that he's a leader on the issue that has always been foremost among those on which he's focused.