Sen. Ted Cruz Introduces The ‘Obamacare Repeal Act’ to Congress.
The Lone Star State’s junior senator, Ted Cruz, is poise to repeal President Obama’s signature domestic legislative act, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), "as if such Act had not been enacted." Speaking from Capital Hill, Cruz introduced the legislation, Senate Bill 177, which has garnered forty-four Senate Republican co-sponsors. Aiming at the legislative beast known as Obamacare, the senator’s three-page bill seeks to overturn the 2,700-page law that has spawned a further 10,000 pages of burdensome federal regulations.
Bill Moves into Republican Controlled Senate
The introduction of Senate Bill 177 into the Republican-controlled upper chamber puts repeal of the ACA within the grasp of conservatives afraid of the monumental, federal power grab that the 2010 law represents.
Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Republican leadership has been toying with ways to bypass Democrat filibusters, through a procedural tactic known as reconciliation. As such, the leadership’s attempts to neutralize liberal obstructionism are well timed as Cruz’s measure moved forward for consideration.
Senator Cruz was pointed in his call to action.
"We must send this bill to the president’s desk," said Cruz. "If he vetoes it, the GOP Congress should pass bill after bill to stop Obamacare. Each will have broad support among the American people, and Democrats in both chambers will be hard pressed not to support them."
Cruz Offers Pro-Growth, Pro-Job Measure
Passage of SB 177 offers the clearest path to not only roll back a blatant government power grab, but it also promises a pro-growth and pro-job approach to providing healthcare to the American people.
"This repeal bill is pro-growth, pro-jobs, and pro-liberty. It provides time for Congress to start over, to pass true market-based reforms that will allow the purchase of insurance across state lines, expand health savings accounts, and make health insurance personal, portable, and affordable," said Cruz of the measure.