Why the Cruz amendment is smart policy

( CNN) Republicans are finally get smart-alecky on Obamacare. It took one of the savviest Republican senators — Ted Cruz of Texas, with an assistance from Mike Lee of Utah — to get the GOP to figure out how to replace Obamacare, reduce premiums, and save money for the government. And all without alienating tens of thousands of voters. But he’s pulled the Republicans’ tushes out of the flame by having flipped a political losing strategy into a big-time win.

The Cruz amendment — which has been inserted into the GOP Senate health plan — is smart, because it doesn’t take anything away from anyone. If you want Obamacare — you are able to have it. You can have the coverage for the 10 “essential benefits, ” you are able to have the subsidies and the exchanges that were supposed to save $2,500 per household. It’s still there for you.

The Cruz amendment creates what is called a “Consumer Freedom Option.” This essentially allows an “off-ramp” from Obamacare for the tens of millions of Americans who don’t want it. The “Consumer Freedom Option” lets insurers who offer Obamacare-compliant plans to offer a range of much less costly plans. In other terms, it empowers people and families to pick and choose what they want in their own insurance package. Some families want and can afford blanket coverage that insures them for everything from cancer to contraceptives to drug addiction to dental care to the sniffles. If you want to pay for that coverage, go for it.

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