Senator Ted Cruz Comes Out Against Cassidy-Graham, Says Mike Lee Is With Him!

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Republicans currently are mounting a last minute effort to ram through any legislation attacking the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but it isn’t going so well. Moderates and constitutional conservatives are both souring on the legislation, and its chances of passage have never looked worse.

As is the story with previous attempts, moderates are concerned it goes too far and conservatives feel it hasn’t gone far enough toward repealing Obamacare. The big tent is not helping the GOP make America great again. Republicans have little room for loss and have already lost too much.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and John McCain (R-AZ) have already come out publicly against the legislation offering different rationales for why they opposed it, which leaves Republicans with no room for loss.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has previously stated she’s likely against and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is widely expected to follow suit. If these two do indeed follow through on their predicted behavior, the current attempt to hit at Obamacare is likely dead.

Another blow to the Cassidy-Graham bill comes from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who delivers news to the media that he and a prominent colleague will be voting against the measure. According to a tweet from Texas Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek, Cruz stated they don’t have his vote and he claims that Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is standing with him against the legislation.

With just Sens. Paul, McCain and Cruz opposing the measure from the constitutional conservative bloc in the Senate, that makes Graham-Cassidy dead on arrival. Unless things change in the next week, it will be another failure on behalf of the young President and the party establishment is working alongside. It remains to be seen if these votes can be swayed, and how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will proceed at that point.

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.

  • Yeah, he comes out against it after Rand takes the brunt.

    Such a weasel.

  • But now Rand is warming to it.

    These guys are so smart they are retarded.

  • Nick Dyer can’t wait to elect the next Cruz, Lee, or sassecare in 2018

  • I want 100 Roy Moore’s.

  • Since it was already dead, this isn’t that surprising.

  • It was a crappy bill.

  • So with Rand, Cruz, Lee , and McCain voting no, dead its dead in the water. Maybe we should just try a step at a time to change it, this rush to push it on party lines is going nowhere. Push for expanding savings accounts, buying insurance across state lines, being able to buy drugs internationally, ect. Try to get some bi partisanship

  • He just figured out donors are leaving because they want a full repeal

  • Why does this article refer to Sen McInsane as a constitutional conservative? He is anything but.

  • It’s not a full repeal, that’s why Paul doesn’t want it. And Cruz trying to claim “most libertarian” out of all of them is riding his coattails

  • ANYTHING Graham is promoting can’t be good.

    • That was my first thought when I saw Lindsey Graham’s name attached to it.

    • DukeofAnarchy .

      But on the other hand anything John McCain is opposed to can’t be all bad.

  • It deserves to die. It’s not repeal and it does not replace. It tweaks a bad law that does not get any better with these bogus changes.

  • Oh well, real doctors don’t take insurance anymore. Too many strings attached. You want to get well?

  • I Never Liked You anyway And You Ain’t Making No Brownie Points !!!

  • does the congress have mad cow disease or WHAT.
    repeal completely.. give it a death DATE Like april 1 2018..
    we have had enough hearings to kill all the bandeto’s in mexico.. Kill what is broke and fix healthcare for those who are too sick to buy it.
    allow folks to buy beetles instead of rolls royces… ObamaCare did not do one thing right..
    the only part that was/is right is the provision of MEDICAID for those who can not buy.. lots of folks need that net.. lots of folks have mental issues because school systems had the kids doped up on ritalin or other mind altering drugs.
    kids by nature move around… those that do not are just exceptional and should thank god..

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