CNN Host Cuomo Lectures Cruz on Obamacare

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 03:13 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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CNN host Chris Cuomo lectured Sen. Ted Cruz on Obamacare during what proved to be a testy exchange Wednesday on the network's program "New Day."

Cruz, a Texas Republican, was explaining why Obamacare was failing. He called Democratic solutions "Band-Aids," pointing to Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's bill to allow people to keep current health plans.

Cuomo challenged Cruz, saying he should be offering more in the way of a solution.

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"You don't think that you have a responsibility as a U.S. senator to do better than that, in terms of offering a solution for what to do next?" Cuomo asked.

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"I appreciate you're trying to lecture me in the morning," Cruz responded.

"No, not at all. I'm worried. Anybody who looks at the situation has worries," Cuomo replied.

"The problem is, I don't have the power to fix it," Cuomo said. "You do. That's what a U.S. senator does. You sponsor law. You know this. It's not a lecture. It's a concern. I'm asking, what are you going to do about it?"

Cruz responded that he "shared that concern" and maintained the way to fix Obamacare was "to stop this broken law."

Cruz's alternatives to the Affordable Care Act included expanding competition within the insurance marketplace and allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines.

"If you want to expand access, what you want to do is increase choices and drive down costs. What Obamacare does is decreases choices and drives up cost," Cruz said.

"I'd like to see something that empowers consumers and not Washington bureaucrats," he said.

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