In a sometimes-fiery exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) dodged ad hominem insults to bring out a point that’s so far fallen on deaf ears – both among Congressional Democrats, as well as the moderate Republicans who prefer staging political stalemates to shaping meaningful policy reforms.
His point? Conservatives have been pushing for a while now to reverse Obamacare’s market-constricting mandates by freeing the insurance industry to sell competing policies across State lines.
“[Y]ou want a positive, affirmative solution? You know, the single best thing we can do is expand competition,” said Cruz. “Let people purchase health insurance across state lines. If you want to expand access, what you want to do is increase choices and drive down cost.
“What Obamacare does is decreases choices and drives up cost. It doesn’t make sense, and it isn’t working.”