Flake backs Cruz’s more-conservative amendment for Senate health bill

Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday said he supports the more conservative “Consumer Freedom Option” proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (right).

By Dan Nowicki | The Republic

Sen. Jeff Flake, under intense pressure to oppose the Senate Republican health-care bill, on Monday signaled a right turn, saying he supports the more conservative “Consumer Freedom Option” proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz.

Flake, R-Ariz., facing a tough bid for re-election, told Capitol Hill reporters that he backed the Texas Republican’s amendment to allow insurance companies to offer less-expensive health policies as long as at least one of their options meets the requirements of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”

“When asked whether he supports the Cruz amendment, @JeffFlake responds: “The freedom one? Yes,” a Politico reporter tweeted.

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