Another attendee asked him if he would call "ObamaCare" the "Affordable Care Act", but the Texas senator said he wouldn't because he doesn't "believe in deceptive speech".
Cruz (R-TX) will continue to push for an amendment that would allow health insurers to sell plans that do not comply with Obamacare insurance regulations if they sell plans that do comply with those regulations.
"GOP activists put Congress on notice: Repeal Obamacare or get voted out": "Frustration is mounting among Republican activists over the GOP's continued failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, with grassroots groups now warning of consequences for lawmakers in the 2018 elections if the Senate doesn't reach a deal soon".
Though FreedomWorks won't throw its support behind a bill that doesn't fully repeal ObamaCare, the Cruz amendment would make the bill better, said Jason Pye, the group's vice president of legislative affairs.
Senate staffers argued that Cruz has consistently pushed for more flexible and affordable healthcare plans.
As one Texan commented about Cruz's extremism on health care, "He wants to completely gut Obamacare, and he's one of the few people against the Trump plan because he wants it to be stronger, which is insane". "If you look at what is happening with ObamaCare now people are hurting under it".
Back inside, retired engineer and Navy veteran, Bill Kelberlau, said he agreed with what he heard from the Senator. Cruz said veterans should have more flexibility in getting care from the private sector instead of having to rely on the traditional VA hospitals and clinics.
Frustrations are mounting with Cruz among Senate negotiators because leaders have felt blindsided by his demand that the legislation essentially eliminate the protection for people with pre-existing conditions. (R-Utah) was more outspoken in his objection to the refusal by leaders to touch pre-existing conditions, while Cruz's position was left murky.
"As I see it, that basic plan, people are going to get sick - they're going to get really sick - and that plan is not going to cover what they're sick over like cancer and things like that", Abuabara said. He said he hasn't decided how he will vote on the Senate's health care bill because he wants to "judge the final product".
Cruz told an audience at KTSA his amendment is a compromise. While a contingent of moderate Republicans in the Senate hinted at opposing the Senate plan, Cruz and other conservatives announced they couldn't support the bill.
The Cruz amendment could also help get the vote of Sen.
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The idea has also won the approval of Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus in the House, who tweeted Thursday: "When you create competition allowing people to make the best choices for themselves-prices go down". Without Lee, it becomes hard to imagine a path for the legislation to pass; 50 of the 52 Senate Republicans must vote for it.