Trump Administration Study Boosts Cruz Health Care Idea, But Policy Experts Are Skeptical

WASHINGTON -- In a whirlwind week that has seen the GOP's Obamacare overhaul on the brink of collapse, Sen. Ted Cruz has maintained that "failure is not an option."And the Texas Republican is projecting continued confidence in part because of a new study by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department that says his divisive idea to allow insurers to sell bare-bones, low-cost policies would decrease premiums and increase enrollment."That shows exactly what we've saying for a long time: the way you lower premiums is through competition, through market forces, through giving consumers the freedom to choose their own health care," Cruz told reporters this week.But the study, first reported by the Washington Examiner, is already coming under intense scrutiny from health care economists.  Continue reading...

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