Ted Cruz, the leader of the Republican Party, is set to roll out his own health care plan, and Republican Senate candidates across the country are likely to embrace it. Cruz’s plan is likely to be nothing more than a repackaging of reckless and irresponsible proposals that would take us back to a time when insurance companies could discriminate and deny coverage while rolling back crucial consumer protections.
Republican Senate candidates across the country are fully embracing everything Cruz says or does in order to win their primaries and will be among the first to jump on board with the Cruz health plan. Republican Senate candidates across the country already support taking us back to a time when insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions, discriminate against women, and allow insurance companies to provide the lowest standard of care.
- The Cruz plan likely would rollback consumer protections and allow insurance companies to sell individual policies across state lines, which would permit companies to bypass state and federal consumer protections and allow them to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, charge women more than men for coverage and provide minimal benefits.
- Cruz’s plan will likely eliminate health care options in favor of existing high-risk pools. Cruz plans to eliminate requirements under health reform for insurers to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions and could instead propose to force these individuals to seek coverage in existing high-risk pools.
- Ted Cruz’s version of health care reform will likely expand health savings accounts that disproportionately favor the rich while at the same time eliminating rights for injured patients, leading to increased patient injury and death.
On top of reckless and irresponsible proposals on health care, Cruz and Republican Senate candidates also support dangerous plans to turn Medicare into a voucher program, force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs, and privatize Social Security.
“Every Republican Senate candidate in the country wants to let insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, force women to pay more for their care, and kick patients off their coverage entirely if they get sick,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Ted Cruz’s health care plan is a reckless and irresponsible repackaging of bad proposals that would take us back to a time when insurance companies preyed on patients and discriminated against women. Nearly every Republican Senate candidate stood behind Ted Cruz as he led the way to the government shutdown that cost the economy millions and each of them should say if they would again stand with Ted Cruz on health care as well.”