Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Monday told a health care rally headlined by Senate Democrats that "Ted Cruz is not looking out for you."
The rally was cosponsored by the liberal Center for American Progress and featured key Democratic lawmakers and activists, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) and Chris Murphy (D., Conn.).
Warren only spoke for about five minutes, but spent much of that time criticizing one man: Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas).
"Just take a look at the provision that Ted Cruz put into this bill," Warren said, referring to the Republican Obamacare replacement bill.
Senate Republicans released a new version of their Obamacare replacement, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), last Thursday. This version includes an amendment from Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) that permits insurers to sell "bare bones," non-Obamacare compliant plans if they also sell plans that are Obamacare compliant.
This, Warren argued, is not in the consumers' best interests.
"Ted Cruz has opened up the door to jacking up the price of health care out of sight for everyone who has a pre-existing condition," she said.
Cruz, according to Warren, "has opened up the door to jacking up the price to everyone" who has a mental health or chronic condition.
"Let's be clear, Ted Cruz is not looking out for you," Warren said."He's not looking out for moms with cancer. He's not looking out for our friends with depression. He's not looking out for kids with autism. He's not looking out for veterans who have health problems. He's not looking out for grandparents who have Alzheimer's disease."
"Ted Cruz is looking out for insurance companies. We're here because we're looking out for people, have we got that? You bet!" Warren said.
The event was televised on the official Senate Democrats' Facebook page.