GOP lawmakers remain split over the proposed American Health Care Act, following a Congressional Budget Office report on its effects. Now, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is issuing a warning to his fellow Republicans should they fail to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly called "Obamacare."
"The time for talk is over," Cruz began, notes the Washington Examiner. "Now is the time for action. Failure is not an option. If Republicans take this opportunity and blow it, we will rightly be considered a laughing stock."
According to a newly-released POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 46 percent of voters support the GOP's healthcare bill, notes Politico.
"Given the wave of criticism from both parties following the rollout of the bill, this is a relatively strong starting point for GOP leaders and the White House," Kyle Dropp, co-founder of Morning Consult, said. "However, it will be important to track how public opinion stands up as more information is released in the coming weeks."
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"We have the opportunity to do an enormous amount of good," Cruz continued, according to the Examiner. " Now, we could screw it up. We could very easily screw it up. But I believe we are poised for this to be the most productive Congress in decades."
Cruz then took aim at continued GOP delays.
"We must honor our promise and repeal Obamacare," the senator and former presidential candidate said. "For six years, Republicans have campaigned over and over and over again saying if only you'd give us the House, we'll repeal Obamacare. If you only you give us the Senate, we'll repeal Obamacare. If only you give us the White House, we'll repeal Obamacare. You know what? We're out of excuses."
“The way I see this going right now, we’re probably going to head to the August recess with Obamacare. And that’s scary,” a Republican congressman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Politico.
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“We’ve got to come back to defining what is success," Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana added. "What is the objective we are trying to accomplish here? We saw premiums go up, not down. And that to me is not success. That’s not acceptable. To me, we’ve got to find a better path forward.”
“The worst thing we can do is do a half-assed job,” Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida, concluded. “If we don’t deliver on what we were told to do, we won’t get voted back in. Nor do I feel we deserve to be back in.”