It turns out that when they said repeal and replace Obamacare, what they really meant was that they wanted massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, and to pay for them with $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid - which increasingly provides health care for the middle class.
A recent poll by Fox News showed support for the Senate's health-care reform bill (BCRA) at just 27 percent - and strong support at just 11 percent - while 52 percent of Americans approved of the ACA.
Lawmakers started with a bill that the House passed this spring to dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
For over seven years straight, Republicans in Washington have cheered shortcomings in our health care system and blamed the Affordable Care Act for every problem under the premise that they would do better if put in charge.
What's more, Small Business Majority's polling found a majority of small businesses support the ACA. Originally introduced June 26, it is now in its third version and is nearly certain to be altered further.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act is a cruel proposal. It also would cut the subsidies that help more than 8 in 10 consumers afford the monthly premiums of health plans they buy through the ACA's insurance marketplaces.
First, how many people will lose access to health insurance? Such senators have argued that far broader replacement bills did too little to eradicate the health law. That $1 trillion will be taken from Medicaid, Medicare, SSI and the ACA. Either is predicted to squeeze the federal payments as time goes on.
They want it to proceed to a conference committee, where House and Senate members would work on crafting another bill that uses each chamber's bill as a starting point to compromise on final legislation - instead of having what the Senate passes sent directly to the House floor for a vote. These include features, popular among conservatives, that would deny funding for Planned Parenthood and health plans that allow coverage for abortions. Lack of health insurance is a major barrier to seeking out care and receiving necessary treatments.
Cruz has said that this change would lead to lower insurance rates for healthy people, and analysts suggest that it would do so.
Anyone who has interacted with the American health-care system knows that it is extremely complex and even something as trivial as deciphering a health-care bill can be an arduous and complicated task.
This amendment has been unpopular with GOP centrists in the Senate.