A government shutdown once touted as the “last, best chance” to fight ObamaCare is set to end with hardly any changes to the law.
Although the shutdown originated as a GOP plan to force President Obama to defund his signature legislation, Republicans came away without any substantive changes to ObamaCare.
The agreement that Senate leaders announced Wednesday includes only one ObamaCare provision, lawmakers said. It requires more rigorous income verification when people apply for new tax subsidies to help cover the cost of their premiums.
The healthcare law already includes verification requirements, although the Obama administration has delayed one part of the process for certain applicants.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led the push for a shutdown over ObamaCare, slammed the Senate deal after a caucus meeting Wednesday morning. The agreement “provides no relief to the millions of Americans suffering from ObamaCare,” Cruz said.
Yet he also said he rejected the premise that conservatives came away with nothing after pushing the government into a shutdown over ObamaCare.
Cruz said the “American people rose up” and rejected the healthcare law, and he praised the House for embracing the shutdown.
“That was a remarkable victory, to see the House engage in a profile in courage,” Cruz said.
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