Ted Cruz pitches BCRA amendment to allow deregulated health plans on exchanges

In an effort to win over conservative holdouts, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, floated an amendment to the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act that would allow payers to offer noncompliant plans on the ACA exchanges, according to a report from Business Insider.

To do so, payer would have to offer at least one ACA-compliant plan, according to report. The noncompliant plans would be stripped down — likely eliminating essential health benefits and the community rating, which bars insurers from charging higher prices based on preexisting conditions. This would enable payers to offer plans at much lower prices.

If added, the amendment could help garner more support for the bill, which conservatives have pegged as too moderate. However, it could mean the loss of support of some moderate Republicans who want to keep protections for people with preexisting conditions, according to the report.

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