Whether you love or hate Ted Cruz, most people agree that he has a brilliant legal mind. He may have figured out a way for Republicans to change Obamacare without having to rely on Democrats or liberal Republicans in the Senate.
Thomas Lifson writes at American Thinker:
Ted Cruz may have discovered a way to totally change Obamacare without 60 Senate votes
Democrats tend to love sneaky lawyer tricks because their side is so good at them. The passage of Obamacare under the Senate rules governing “reconciliation” is the most prominent example of creatively applying the rules to get what they want.
But it turns out that there are some really smart and creative legal minds on the GOP side, and now that the GOP runs the Senate, the sauce for the Democrat goose also flavors the Republican gander, if that isn’t too disagreeable an abuse of metaphorical license. Ted Cruz is one such legal mind; in the words of legendary Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, “…one of the best students I ever had.”
Lifson cites a report from the Independent Journal Review:
According to Cruz, however, a provision in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 would allow Republicans to both drastically increase the scope of their new health care reform bill and still let it fall under reconciliation by essentially bypassing the parliamentarian and leaving that decision up to Vice President Pence.
And who did Ted Cruz meet with just last week?
— Vice President Pence (@VP) March 8, 2017
There’s surely more to this story that will come out in the healthcare reform debate.