Ted Cruz’ Answer To Obamacare: ‘Expand Competition’

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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.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.