Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare
July 29th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
5 months ago

Cruz: Let's repeal ‘every bloody word' of Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday forcefully argued that Obamacare is not here to stay and pledged that he would continue working to dismantle the health care law in 2014 and 2016.

“I think those elections should be about many, many things,” the Texas Republican said, listing jobs and growth as examples. “But they should be about repealing every bloody word of Obamacare.”

His remarks came in an address at a Washington conference hosted by the conservative group, Young America's Foundation.

Cruz was a key player in last year’s fight against the law and pushed his colleagues in Congress to try to defund Obamacare ahead of a looming spending deadline. The debate between Republicans and Democrats on the issue eventually resulted in a 16-day government shutdown.

Obamacare continued to roll out on January 1 of this year, despite some major hiccups with its website and some of its key provisions being delayed.

Cruz, who’s considering a presidential campaign, said the opposition he helped lead last year set in motion an effort that will eventually bring the law down.

“Some battles you can win with one clean rifle shot; other battles take time, take building that foundation,” he said. “I’m convinced that fight has laid the foundation.”

A CNN/ORC International Poll released last week indicated that more than half the public believes Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country, although less than one in five Americans say they have personally benefited from the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz stressed that he’s “working very, very hard to win Senate seats and retire Harry Reid.”

He told the audience that it’s also up to the public to express their discontent with the law.

“If we’re going to repeal Obamacare and I’m convinced we’re going to…it’s going to come from the people saying ‘this thing isn’t working’,” he said.


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soundoff (454 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Cruz is more delusional than the soon-to-be ex-Congresswoman Bachman.

    July 29, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. love344

    and I bet his relatives in Canada are happily enjoying their state run healthcare... and he has no problem using his healthcare exchange as a senator here in the US..

    July 29, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sigh. I truly DO wish we had less panders such as this man in Congress.

    July 29, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Cross out "panders". Sorry ... I should have typed "panderers".

    July 29, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    --this animal is so pathetic. Eh, did you know USA is ranking 13th in Green nations out of 16? What a nonsense animal this one we inherited from Canada. It is the time to oust this nonsense of republican trash. Please do drive him,folks, national evil goes away. God bless!!!!

    July 29, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Name

    Clueless ideologue spouting off from Texas

    July 29, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Don in albuquerque

    And replace it with what? GOTPs keep promising a plan, but in four plus years.....not even an outline. Inability to govern? Much. Inability to accomplish anything? Much.

    July 29, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Bigd

    Cruz has already denied healthcare for his own state now he wants to take it away from 8 million more Americans

    July 29, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    296 million Americans are insured. It would be over 300 million if not for idiots like Cruz and red state governors.

    July 29, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    –this animal is so pathetic. Eh, did you know USA is ranking 13th in Green nations out of 16? What a nonsense animal this one we inherited from Canada. It is the time to oust this nonsense of republican trash. Please do drive him,folks, national evil goes away. God bless!!!!

    July 29, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. rosaadriana2014

    Cruz should go back to Canada.

    July 29, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. rosaadriana2014

    Please go back to Canada

    July 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. RB

    They have state health care in Israel. Does Cruz think Israel is EVIL ??

    July 29, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. vidal808

    This guy is so out of it....what's wrong with Texans? How in the world can they not see the stupidity of this guy?

    July 29, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. ESMontero

    Even many of those that are required to be insured are still "under-insured." We could have single-payer like actual developed (and free-world capitalist!) countries, but that'd be SOCIALISM.

    July 29, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Robert

    What's The Plan Ted?
    Oh.
    I see
    You don't have one.
    Just a lot of rhetoric while you rake in the cash.
    Nice job if you can get it.

    July 29, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. SimplyRick

    Why then, Sen. Cruz, are the Repubs planning to sue to see that it is carried out? Both sides of one's big mouth. yet again political pandering.

    July 29, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Mickey, NY

    “If we’re going to repeal Obamacare and I’m convinced we’re going to…"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    "...it’s going to come from the people saying ‘this thing isn’t working, he said..."

    Try and take healthcare bennies from the people who are saying it most certainly IS working, go ahead...I dare ya! Try taking healthcare from the people who it's working for in your own state...go ahead, I dare ya!

    July 29, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. walkadee

    I agree with Cruz

    July 29, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. sly

    Typical Republican Pig:

    "We dont want those 50 million US military vet's and teachers to be allowed to have health care."
    "Ban those 50 million".

    That's how that party rolls - deny education, health and police services to poor folks to pad their own wallets.

    Go back to Cuba – your daddy entered illegally anyhow.

    July 29, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Tom

    The ACA was passed by Congress and ruled constitutional by SCOTUS. It must kill guys like Cruz to think about Chief Justice John Roberts making the "wrong" call. SCOTUS is normally as political as the other institutions of government--and yet the 5-4 vote went against the GOP on that occasion. Didn't hear much about Roberts being a RINO or a "traitor" as they still need his conservative vote for another 25-30 years.

    July 29, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. What's the next step after repealing?

    What does Cruz plan to do about the millions of people signed up? Drop them all? He's been asked several times about his alternate plan but I haven't seen him spout out much other than vague ideas and the notion that what ever happens we need to repeal Obamacare first and then figure out the next step. Even Fox news gave him a hard time about it.

    July 29, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. loveshemp

    Why do you hate the USA, Senator?

    July 29, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Doc Ray

    Cruz: “I’m convinced that fight has laid the foundation.” Laid a goose egg is more like it. And cost the country billions of dollars in government shutdown that Cruz led.

    July 29, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Adam

    Only 1 problem with this. It IS working, and the majority of people DO support it.

    You've picked a losing battle Ted.

    July 29, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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