Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday offered the latest in a series of Republican alternatives to Obamacare ahead of a Supreme Court ruling which could effectively gut the law, according to The Hill.
The Texas senator's bill,
known as the Health Care Choices Act, would allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines, a longstanding Republican goal.
It would also repeal Title I of Obamacare, which would undo much of the law, including the mandate to buy insurance, along with insurance marketplaces and subsidies to enable people to afford Obamacare insurance.
Republicans are looking to show that they have a plan ready if the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies for around 7.5 million people in the 36 states using federally-run marketplaces. On Wednesday, the court will hear arguments in King vs. Burwell, the case challenging subsidies through the federal exchanges.
"The administration has done absolutely nothing to prepare for an upcoming Supreme Court decision that could leave millions of Americans unable to afford insurance thanks to this failed law," Cruz said. "Republicans must offer the American people alternatives that lower costs and break the status quo that favors big government and big health care business over hardworking Americans."
Cruz's plan has five cosponsors, among them Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who like Cruz is also considering a White House run next year.
Although his bill does not completely repeal Obamacare, Cruz said that is his ultimate goal.
"Every last word of Obamacare must be repealed," Cruz said. "And while we continue that fight, we must also send bill after bill to [President Barack Obama's] desk to stop its harmful effects."
Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn has introduced companion legislation in the House.
Cruz and other Republicans want to draw a sharp contrast between their readiness for a High Court ruling that strikes down the subsidies and the administration's seeming lack of preparation for such an outcome.
Writing in Human Events,
columnist Byron York said that Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently told Republicans that the administration has no "Plan B" in the event Obamacare loses in court.
"We know of no administrative actions that could, and therefore we have no plans that would, undo the massive damage to our health care system that would be caused by an adverse decision," Burwell said.
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