Jeb Bush calls on Ted Cruz to have “self-restraint” on ObamaCare

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Former Gov. Jeb Bush urged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz to have come up with a replacement if he genuinely wanted to abolish ObamaCare. The Senator from Texas said he would do “anything” to end the Affordable Care Act.

“I think the best way to repeal ObamaCare is to have an alternative; we never hear the alternative … we could do this in a much lower cost with improved quality based on our principles, free market principles … and two, show how ObamaCare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work,” Bush said in an interview for ABC News “This Week.

Bush called linking government funding to ObamaCare funding was a strategic misstep by Republicans.

“So have a little bit of self-restraint,” bush told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “It might actually be a politically — a better approach to see the massive dysfunction,” would be his message to Cruz, who is still pushing to repeal ObamaCare.

“It was a mistake to focus on something that couldn’t be achieved. And that’s what that was. It was tactics,” Bush added.

Bush also told Karl there are global repercussions in not raising the debt ceiling. 

“That has implications, not just for us, a slowdown of economic activity; it has implications in the world because people have to count on the United States. And if we’re behaving this way, it makes it harder to do so,” Bush said, adding that both political parties were responsible for the gridlock in Washington.

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