US Senate faces uphill task to pass Obamacare repeal: Cruz

GOP Senator Ted Cruz has acknowledged that Republicans in the US Senate is facing an uphill task to pass legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program, known as Obamacare.

“For seven years the Republicans have been promising, ‘If only you elect us, we’ll repeal Obamacare,’ ” Cruz said in a radio interview on Saturday.

“I think the consequences of failure would be catastrophic. But it’s going to take senators across the Republican conference being willing to sit down in good faith,” he stated.

On Thursday, the US House of Representatives narrowly, 217 to 213, passed the bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). No Democrats backed the bill, but some 20 Republicans voted in opposition.

Cruz said the slim Republican majority in the Senate would make reaching an agreement on healthcare reform a “difficult task,” adding that a number of obstacles ranging from the ideological to the…

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