November 20th, 2013
10:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Cruz, Cuomo have heated interview

(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and CNN "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo got in a testy exchange over Obamacare on Wednesday.

Cuomo pressed Cruz to offer concrete solutions to Obamacare, rather than just criticize it.

Cuomo: You don't think that you have a responsibility as a U.S. Senator to do better than that in terms of offering a solution for what to do next?

Cruz. Well, I - I appreciate your trying to lecture me in the morning, thank you for that.

Cuomo: Not at all, Senator. I'm worried, the same as you. Anybody who looks at the situation has worries. Families need health insurance.

Cruz: Sir, if you're worried, did you speak out for the five million people who've lost their health insurance? Did you speak out…?

Cuomo: We've been covering it doggedly and I'm sure you watch the show. The problem is I don't have the power to fix it. You do. That's what a U.S. Senator does. You sponsor law. You know this. It's not a lecture, it's a concern. I'm asking what are you going to do about it?

Cruz: well, and I share that concern and have every day been working to highlight the millions of people who have lost their job because of Obamacare, the millions of people who have been forced into part-time work. There are single moms, there are young people, Hispanics, African Americans, people struggling who are now on part-time work. You can't feed your kids with 29 hours a week. There's over five million people who have lost their health insurance and the way to fix that is to stop this broken law.

Cruz is talking about people who had individual policies that are no longer available. In many cases, that's because the plans no longer meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The 5 million number is in the range of standard estimates, although no one has an exact figure.

Unlike when people lost policies in the past, all these people are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase new insurance. In many cases, they'll be getting a better deal. In other cases (generally healthy, wealthy people), they will end up paying more.

A fair number of those people would have "lost" the plans with or without Obamacare. These plans are almost all for a one-year term, and they frequently change year-to-year. And, in some cases, insurers could have chosen to continue plans but didn't for any number of business reasons.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    I am shocked by the truth-telling in the last two paragraphs. Someone on the "Political Unit" hasn't been assimilated by the Borg yet.

    November 20, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. G Morgan

    Nice job in taking Ted Cruz to task. He does plenty complaining of Obamacare but he does not offer any solutions. In fact he does not have a solution. We need people who can fix the problems in government and offer solutions. Ted Cruz just plays politics.

    November 20, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. A True Conservative

    OMG!! Could this article be any more biased? Based on the change in tone on all of the "news" sites in the past 24 hours, I would say that the memo has gone out! The master has decided that enough is enough and everyone is being reined back in.....

    November 20, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. A True Conservative

    ....besides.....Cruz and the Republicans didn't create the mess....that is entirely on the Democrats and the administration....yet here is a CNN commentator saying OK Republicans, what are YOU going to do to fix this? You should have istened to the adults in the room three or four years ago.....but no....the liberals decided that they won" and by God they were going to turn us into a democratic socialist nation, just like much of Europe. Well, it hasn't worked out very well there....and it isn't doing well here either. They always forget that none of this is free and that sooner or later you run out of other peoples money....

    November 20, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Cuomo asks a question, not a fast pitch but not slow pitch softball, and Teddy Cruz get all flustered because he has no answer. This wouldn't happen on Faux Gnus.

    November 20, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Borderless

    Memo to Cruz: Healthcare is not a luxury item. It is a fundamental right and the fact that this nation, with the greatest economy in the world, would adopt a medieval attitude toward health care is simply unthinkable.

    November 20, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "The problem is I don't have the power to fix it. You do. That's what a U.S. Senator does. You sponsor law. You know this. It's not a lecture, it's a concern. I'm asking what are you going to do about it?"
    And Sen. Rafael Cruz did not answer the question. The GOTP doesn't have a healthcare plan. They're all for repealing the ACA but won't tell us what they'll replace it with.

    November 20, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Durundal

    I love how when pressed on if he had a plan to do anything Cruz just starts caterwauling and launches into this meaningless emotional babbling. Short answer: no, cruz as well as the rest of his party, have no viable solutions – at best all they are interested in is waging a pr war and going for some low hanging 'point scoring'

    November 20, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Abbey

    Catching Democrats in a flat out lie is going to finally convince the country to reject this party out right and for good.

    November 20, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. ora pike

    CNN is not trusted by the public on obamacare-CNN is the joseph goebbels of our time-obama lies to get his health care plan. if it is good for us why lie???? in texas we call that a con man-the difference between a con man like obama and the best salesman???? a salesman can go back. Obama lied 26 times just on obamacare? how about it was a video??? or i did not know OR SolarCity Corp WHERE OBAMA HAS GIVEN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THE COMPANY LOST 323 MILLIION DOLLARS????? why doesn't Goebbels report on this, i mean CNN

    November 20, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Abbey

    Typical Democrats telling Americans that they know better and can offer better healthcare choices instead of YOU making the decision.

    Progressive hillbillism is a real disease folks.

    November 20, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |

    Cuomo should have press Cruz about the MILLIONS OF POOR PEOPLE WHO CAN GET HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE TEXAS WON'T EXPAND MEDICAID. Its about time CNN start putting thew spotlight on that issue!!!

    November 20, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Randy

    1.) The writer can't honestly believe that we are this ignorant.

    2.) "Unlike when people lost policies in the past, all these people are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase new insurance." Seriously?? Being forced away from what you wanted to be forced to buy something you didn't want is supposed to somehow be a good thing? Really? that's like telling someone who bought a $15000 ford focus, because that's what they wanted and could afford, hey we are taking your focus away and forcing you to buy this new $75,000 Jaguar. We know you can't afford it but its a much better car!!

    3.) How can you say "A fair number of those people would have "lost" the plans with or without Obamacare."? What exactly is the "Fair" number of the millions of people losing their insurance are you referring to?

    4.) Why should the "generally healthy, wealthy people" be the ones forced to pay more? Who exactly are the typically healthier people in society? Its the youth!! The youth are already struggling to pay for school loans and makes ends meet now. How is paying MORE for health insurance that they will rarely use really helping them?

    November 20, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    I just read my earlier post It should have read Millions of PEOPLE CAN NOT GET HEALTH INSURANCE IN TEXAS BECAUSE TEXAS WON'T EXPAND MEDICAID.

    November 20, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    The interview speaks volumes about Cruz: all hat and no cattle. He is only interested in arguning about his point of view, not actual policy.

    November 20, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Cruz: Sir, if you're worried, did you speak out for the five million people who've lost their health insurance? Did you speak out…?
    Of course, Cruz has no answer besides criticize the questioner. But notice just sly and crafty Cruz' response is. What he's really asking is whether or not Cuomo used the right wing talking point. He's trying to put words into Cuomo's mouth by steering the conversation away from himself, and back onto Cuomo.

    It's called the "bait and switch", folks. That's just one method that the right wing uses to control a conversation. They deflect attention away from the actual topic to another debatable topic. Bait and Switch. They also like to project.

    November 20, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. michael

    Thank you Chris Cumo, for asking tough questions of GOP, whose only political goal is to dismantle, destroy, but not fix this ACA law that will assist tens of millions! They are good at hiding their hand, playing politics with numbers that never add up, supporting the rich, suppressing the middle class and the poor even their right to vote After 46 tries to destroy something that's a law which the Supreme Court, upheld you would think maybe making this law work better for the average Americans would be good politics! They more in support of the rich or upper middle class who got their insurance policies cancelled and will have to pay more going forward as usual! To Hell with the 95% enrollees that will see significant decrease in insurance premiums!

    November 20, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Babyboomer

    We need not expect any real solutions to come from the Republicans. These are the same folks who didn't support Social Security and Medicare. The same people who would have privatized Social Security in the mid 2000's (if we had let them.) I hate to think where we would be right now if that fiasco would have taken place. The ACA will work. It will take time and adjustments just like SS and Medicare did. This guy needs to stop the obstruction. We know for a fact that obstruction isn't in the job description for being a US Senator...

    November 20, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. okie

    Typical. Let's kill the plan and take away insurance from those w/ pre exsisting conditions, Let's take away from every one except the 1-3 % of the population that had sub par insurance to begin with. Also notice how his only idea is to put things back to status quo, wtg texas!!!!!

    November 20, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Concerned Educator, Mississippi

    Ted Cruz is a disgrace to the United States Senate. I have no problem with anyone disagreeing with President Obama. That is the beauty of our democracy. However, what is your alternative? Because we know the status quo was working so well…If you have no new ideas or plans, get over it! Thank you Mr. Cumo for asking for substance instead of listen to the everyday talking point garbage.

    November 20, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. King

    Speaking of Health care and such, what about the man who got set up and framed in Oklahoma by the Attorney General and had his business illegally shut down while stealing millions from state medicaid funds that was supposed to be used for diabetic children and adult supplies? It seems Republican-led states are are the reason the health care law is needed most.

    November 20, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. sonny chapman

    Where I come from, we've got a name for guys like Ted Cruz; it rhymes with trick. He may be a demagogue in the same category as George C. Wallace. A combo Bill O'Reilly/Bob Barker.

    November 20, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Thomas

    Thank you Chris Cuomo for asking the Green Eggs and Ham senator from Texas what other ideas he has for Affordable healthcare.

    He has none .

    His idea of selling insurance across state lines would be a disaster , similar to selling mortgagees across state lines. During the mortgage collapse , Big banks sold off bundled loans to companies in states like Texas , the outcome was people lost there homes .

    Ted Cruz need's to learn that most Americans want to talked to like adults , not children .

    November 20, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. PassingThrough

    This is why the ACA should have been skipped and Medicare extended as a single payer plan for all citizens.

    November 20, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    Did that Canadian pig know of heavy too to USA because of Shut-Down?

    November 20, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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