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Ted Cruz Puts Support Behind Senate Healthcare Bill

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is putting his support behind the United States Senate's version of a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz is supporting the new version of the bill that includes a version of an amendment that Cruz proposed. The bill's version of Cruz's amendment would allow people to purchase lower costs health plans that include three primary-care visits a year and cap their out-of-pocket costs, according to the Texas Tribune.

In a statement, Cruz said, "This is a critical step in the right direction and I will continue to work closely with my colleagues to unite our conference around a bill that can pass, and that honors our promises and that truly lowers premiums, which is crucial to providing relief from Obamacare."

Cruz had originally announced his opposition to the Senate's first healthcare bill, alongside Senators Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

The new version of the bill has drawn the opposition of Paul and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). Republican Senators Lee, Rob Portman (Ohio), Jeff Flake (Arizona), and John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) have said they are undecided, according to Politico.

Texas Senator John Cornyn is reportedly supporting the bill.

Photo by Politifact

Photo by Politifact

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