Ayatollah Ted and his minion Mike Lee are plotting new and different ways to take away your healthcare and leave you broke, and probably destroy insurance markets everywhere. All Cruz needs is Blofeld’s cat (or maybe Mike Lee is his pussy, if you know what I mean and I think you do).
Take it away, Tiger Beat on the Potomac:
They are intent on slashing the law’s regulatory regime and pre-existing condition language, a political third-rail in the health care debate that’s caused several awkward encounters in party lunches, according to senators and aides. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who created the GOP’s working group with Cruz, has now taken to pushing back against the duo at party meetings, speaking on behalf of the majority of the caucus, those sources said.
…The Consumer Freedom Act that they are advocating would create parallel health insurance markets in states, with one containing protections for people with pre-existing conditions and another that would allow the sale of plans outside Obamacare’s regulatory regime, likely with no subsidies…
“What that will do is allow insurers to offer cheap policy to young invincibles. And on the exchange you’re going to get all the sick people,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director and president of the American Action Forum. “That’s a recipe for a meltdown. You’ve split the risk pool into two exchanges.”
So maybe Cruz really is the Zodiac killer and he finally gets to complete his life’s work? We’ll go with that.