McConnell bows to Ted Cruz on health care reform.
In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans as part of a new but still-reeling health care bill he was releasing Thursday, GOP aides said.
However, including that provision seems likely to alienate moderates and perhaps other conservatives as the party struggles to unite behind a plan to scuttle much of the Obama health care law. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who'd partnered with Cruz, tweeted that the version they crafted wasn't in the bill, adding, "Something based on it has, but I have not seen it or agreed to it." MSN