Ted Cruz’s anti-Obamacare crusade continues with few allies
Ted Cruz is still on a crusade to wipe out Obamacare, but the effort is getting lonelier and lonelier.
Republican leaders are now publicly rooting against a Texas-led lawsuit that could eradicate the law in its entirety. Cruz personally laid the groundwork last year for the lawsuit’s approach.
The GOP also largely ignored Cruz’s pleas to make major changes to the law using only Republican votes in these final days when the party controls all of Congress. Democrats will run the House as of Jan. 3.
Fresh off an election where Republicans lost control of the House in large part due to attacks on their plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system, GOP leaders desperately want to move on from an issue that’s gone from political boon to an albatross.
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“I’d like to see [the Texas lawsuit] go on appeal because I’m pretty sure it will be overturned and people won’t have to worry about it,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman of the Senate panel overseeing health.
“People ought to just take a deep breath and see what the Supreme Court does, maybe in a couple years from now,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the second-ranking Senate Republican. He’s up for re-election in 2020.