Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came back to "The Chris Salcedo Show" today to update the American people on the work the Senate is doing on health care reform. The House passed a bill on May 4 that the Senate is essentially rebuilding because it barely addresses the problems of Obamacare.
Cruz said that millions of Americans lost their jobs and were forced into part time work, or lost their insurance and their doctor while their premiums have skyrocketed. Republicans campaigned promising to repeal Obamacare, and he is trying to unite the party in this endeavor to reduce premiums.
He lamented that some Republicans are willing to accept a permanent entitlement with massive spending and government control. He said, "Many times process dictates results," which is why he believes the first repeal bill "crashed and burned," because "it was drafted behind closed doors with really no input from anybody."
To avoid this failure in the Senate, he sat down with down with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. They brought together a group of six senators representing geographic and philosophical diversity including Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). They meet once a week in Cruz' office to "roll up their sleeves" and understand all the details to come up with a better solution.