November 20th, 2013
10:43 AM ET
9 years ago

Cruz, Cuomo have heated interview

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and CNN "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo got in a testy exchange over Obamacare on Wednesday.

Cuomo pressed Cruz to offer concrete solutions to Obamacare, rather than just criticize it.

Cuomo: You don't think that you have a responsibility as a U.S. Senator to do better than that in terms of offering a solution for what to do next?

Cruz. Well, I - I appreciate your trying to lecture me in the morning, thank you for that.

Cuomo: Not at all, Senator. I'm worried, the same as you. Anybody who looks at the situation has worries. Families need health insurance.

Cruz: Sir, if you're worried, did you speak out for the five million people who've lost their health insurance? Did you speak out…?

Cuomo: We've been covering it doggedly and I'm sure you watch the show. The problem is I don't have the power to fix it. You do. That's what a U.S. Senator does. You sponsor law. You know this. It's not a lecture, it's a concern. I'm asking what are you going to do about it?

Cruz: well, and I share that concern and have every day been working to highlight the millions of people who have lost their job because of Obamacare, the millions of people who have been forced into part-time work. There are single moms, there are young people, Hispanics, African Americans, people struggling who are now on part-time work. You can't feed your kids with 29 hours a week. There's over five million people who have lost their health insurance and the way to fix that is to stop this broken law.

Cruz is talking about people who had individual policies that are no longer available. In many cases, that's because the plans no longer meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The 5 million number is in the range of standard estimates, although no one has an exact figure.

Unlike when people lost policies in the past, all these people are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase new insurance. In many cases, they'll be getting a better deal. In other cases (generally healthy, wealthy people), they will end up paying more.

A fair number of those people would have "lost" the plans with or without Obamacare. These plans are almost all for a one-year term, and they frequently change year-to-year. And, in some cases, insurers could have chosen to continue plans but didn't for any number of business reasons.

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  1. Anonymous

    How typical.... Liberals abd Democrats wreck our healthcare system and then demand to know from others how they plan to fix it.

    This clown Cuomo KNOWS Cruz and the Republicans are not in control of the Senate and Democrat Harry Reid controls/blocks everything they propose. Cruz needed to respond with that and tell this clown that the first step will need to be the removal of Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader as he has done nothing but protect and preserve the Obamacare train wreck and the lying President that forced it on us.

    Obamacare can't be 'fixed' or 'saved'. The only vialble alternative is repeal and start over, this time with REAL solutions like tort reform and cross state competition for insurance companies.

    November 20, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Wes

    I agree with cuomo. Democrats are incompetent, so it will be up to the Republicans to come in and clean up this mess. Again.

    November 20, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Bulos Qoqish

    Good job to the interviewer, in calling that demagogue Ted Cruz's bluff : If you watch the interview, every time that Cruz is (repeatedly) asked for his own, credible, workable alternative to the ACA, he just returns to his tired, partisan talking points about "repealing Obamacare"... with precisely "NOTHING" to replace it. In other words, just like all Republicans, Mr. Cruz is happy to return to a state of affairs in which millions of Americans, annually, would be bankrupted by, or would die from, treatable and preventable medical conditions, simply because they're too poor to afford health insurance.

    How on EARTH the Republicans and Tea Partiers think that they can get away with this kind of totally, completely, utterly nihilistic, destructive and non-credible platform, bewilders me. They're too intellectually lazy and cynical to even come up with some kind of sham alternative to the ACA; they seem to think that they can seriously campaign on a platform of "tear it down, and build nothing to replace it".

    How far the Republican Party has fallen, that it tolerates cynical, destructive opportunists like Cruz and the Tea Party. Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Bill Buckley, must be turning in their graves.

    November 20, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. ST

    Excellent job Cuomo. This is a very good example how reporters should do their job, not let these nuts like Cruz dismantle everything and talk only about Texas as if the nation is only Texas. Cruz did shutdown the government of the whole nation. When asked what to do, is talking only about Texas. Pathetic!

    November 20, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. clarity6

    Mr Cruz, what about all the people who are going to be able to get insurance after having pre-existing conditions? I live in Texas and I did not lose my insurance. and you did not either because your wife provides for your insurance! Thanks to Obamacare I can have my college kid on my insurance, and all the preventive care is covered under all types of insurance as well. That did not come from the goodness of the insurance companies, that was required by the new law. So, yes, I do want Obamacare to succeed...and if you don't, at least propose a solution instead of just whining about it like Palin.

    November 20, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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