September 25th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
7 years ago

Ted Cruz does not, will not like Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz would not fund Obamacare.  He will not fund it, Sam-I-am.

He will not like it here or there.  He does not like it in a box. He does not like it with a Fox. He does not like it in a house (small H). He does not like it with a mouse.  He does not like Obamacare.

So he said on the Senate floor for many hours.  But it was Tuesday evening that he chose to read Green Eggs and Ham, the Dr. Seuss children's story, as his own children were watching on TV and heading to slumber.

But there is a moral to this story, did he miss it, did he mean to, did he know, Sam-I-am?

At the end of Green Eggs and Ham, to stop the persistent attempts of Sam-I-am to get him to try a plate of green eggs and ham, the main character takes a bite.  All the characters watch for his reaction.  And–for those of you who have no experience with Dr. Seuss's classic–he LIKES it, Sam-I-am.

This was not lost on Cruz's Democratic colleague Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" put the long-winded senator in a box, in a house, with a mouse… well, at least over Green Eggs and Ham.

"I thought it was interesting that Ted Cruz used Green Eggs and Ham. I went to the University of Missouri. I did not go to Harvard but I'll tell you this, my daughter texted me this morning and said Mom does he not know the point of the story? It's that you can't knock things until you try it. And which is ironic that he used that in the filibuster," McCaskill said.

But Cruz did not miss the moral of Green Eggs and Ham.  He would not miss it. He could not miss it.  He will not like Obamacare.

"You know Green Eggs and Ham has some applicability as curious as it might sound to the Obamacare debate. Because three and a half years ago, President Obama and Senate Democrats told the American people just try Obamcare. Just try it. There were an awful lot of us, an awful lot of Republicans who were very, very skeptical of it ," Cruz said.

"I'll tell you the difference with Green Eggs and Ham is when Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare either. They did not like Obamacare in a box with a fox, in a house or with a mouse."

Of course, Dr. Seuss was only a pen-name for Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was an outspoken liberal Democrat. But that's another bedtime story.

Look: Cruz's reading of Green Eggs and Ham makes it into the Congressional Record.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    So, essentially, Princeton and Harvard just deeply insulted Dartmouth (where Seuss graduated).

    September 25, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Steve, New York City

    This guy simply isn't very bright, is he.

    September 25, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Data Driven

    And the Seuss meme continues.

    Ha ha ha, what a total disaster.

    Ticktock, Republicans.

    September 25, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Oops. Good call by Sen. McCaskill. So, the moral of this story is don't listen to people who don't listen to their own morals.

    September 25, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Anonymous

    But, did he, as a child, benefit from or "like" the single payer plan in Canada? Did his parents benefit?
    Does he "like" the fact that children have no health insurance, especially those whose parents are his
    "constiuents" that "he works for" in Texas?

    September 25, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. jinx9to88

    Texas should be so proud!! First George Bush, then Rick Perry and now this clown.

    September 25, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    He should be finished by now, in more ways than one. What a waste of time.

    September 25, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Boomer in Mo

    He is a brilliant man. Misguided maybe, but no dummy. He could be extremely dangerous in the future. Keep your eye on him. I do hope Texans change out their junior senator for someone who has more empathy for the common man, and woman.

    September 25, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. naksuthin

    Can anyone explain this to me???
    Ted Cruz and his family participate in the federal government sponsored health care plan that is paid for mostly by taxpayer dollars. This healthcare plan benefits federal employees like Congressmen and allows them to buy subsidized healthcare at TAXPAYER EXPENSE. Interestingly, this plan is NOT available to those of us who PAY HIS HEALTHCARE EXPENSES.
    Government intrusion into healthcare is so bad...why don't Republicans pass a law removing federal workers like themselves from the federal government's insurance program. Then they can just buy insurance on the open market without federal subsidies
    They could easily do it .
    But they never have.
    They continue to buy taxpayer subsidized healthcare for themselves and their families....while telling the rest of us how BAD government involvement healthcare is.
    Please, someone explain this to me!!!

    September 25, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Dannyg

    But the President and Congress has exempted Cruz and Claire McCaskill from participating in Obamacare.... So, neither would have a chance to try the green eggs and ham. Maybe that was lost on Claire, her daughter and CNN....

    September 25, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Sonkarlay

    This clowns have a heath care that is pay for by us but don't want any body have heath care. what a waste from Texas

    September 25, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "Keep your eye on him."

    Why, Boomer? Is Cruz going somewhere? I understand he wants to be president, but do you honestly think that after yesterday's performance anyone in the United States will ever take him seriously enough to put him in the White House as a world leader who will be called upon to make daily decisions affecting world economics, world wars, or anything of a serious nature?

    September 25, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. wade

    Mr. Cruz goes to Washington !! At least the movie that inspired him was better. This guy is a nuisance/disgrace to the party. He is hurting himself and his people.

    September 25, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "He is a brilliant man. Misguided maybe, but no dummy. He could be extremely dangerous in the future."

    I disagree. This hurt him. And ambition and myopia are rarely a successful mix, no matter how smart the person afflicted with both.

    September 25, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Keep your eye on him."

    Like that mole on your back that you think might have changed color.

    September 25, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    Cruz is VERY bright... look at all the free publicity he's garnered for opposing ACA. He's become a household name, and let's face it.. that is what is need when one runs for POTUS. He's a skilled debater, and I guarantee he will try to run in 2016.
    We should get the birthers on to him tho', 'cus according to rule of law, the POTUS must be a natural born citizen. He's an American (his mother was a citizen) born in Canada of a Cuban father. To be natural born – in a foreign country – one's FATHER must be a citizen. I'll bet the GOP fight to change all that... LOL.

    September 25, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Pam from Iowa

    Some may think it was funny, but the sad part is that is what comes out of the mouths of the GOP all the time now!
    Intelligence level around that of a kindergartener!!!!

    September 25, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein

    He doesn't have to worry about health care since he is a US Senator. I'd like to know what he would introduce to increase the health insurance affordability and acess for all Americans.

    September 25, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    Actually Dannyg, the POTUS has not exempted himself or Congress from the ACA. They already have a health plan provided by their employer. The ACA is for people that DON'T have health plans.

    Jeez people stop listening to Rush and klan and read. If you can.

    September 25, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. President Messiah Darky

    S.B. Stein
    He doesn't have to worry about health care since he is a US Senator. I'd like to know what he would introduce to increase the health insurance affordability and acess for all Americans.

    Well they could get jobs but that won't happen as long as I am president. Kill jobs and expand the dependncy rolls is my strategy to keep Democrats in power forever. And it is working marvelouslly isn't it? As long as I have enough evil rich people to attack and steal from, the gig continues.

    September 25, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Rafael Cruz, the Canadian, does not, will not,like Obamacare.
    And we care about this crazy guy and what he thinks or says because?
    He wants to make a statement? Give up your cushy pension, even as a one term senator, and your medical insurance for life. Not that I would think any better of you and your rants but I would love to see you struggle without the same medical insurance your want to keep and/or take away from real Americans.

    September 25, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    S.B. Stein

    He doesn't have to worry about health care since he is a US Senator. I'd like to know what he would introduce to increase the health insurance affordability and acess for all Americans.
    Republicans really don't want to talk about them anymore. Here are some quotes from a blog posted to House Spkr. John Boehner's offical web site, "Republican Health Care Plan", dated "Jul 27 2009." This was created before the real rise of the Tea Party, which would rip these ideas to shreds today because the ideas increase spending or the budget deficit.

    - Brings greater fairness to the tax code by extending tax savings to those who currently do not have
    employer-provided insurance but purchase health insurance on their own. This provision would provide
    an “above the line” deduction that is equal to the cost of an individual’s or family’s insurance.

    - Provides immediate substantial financial assistance, through new refundable and advanceable tax
    credits, to low- and modest-income Americans.

    - Recognizes that many Americans who have not yet hit retirement age but may be changing jobs or
    have lost a job often face higher health care costs. To help those aged 55 to 64, the plan increases
    support for pre- and early-retirees with low- and modest-incomes.

    - Provides Medicare and Medicaid with additional authority and resources to stop waste, fraud, and
    abuse that costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year.

    - Gives financial help to caregivers who provide in-home care for a loved one.

    All of the above ideas fall under the category described as "To lower the costs of health care, the Republican plan:"

    September 25, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    GOP want you have Guns–but not Healthcare. Very pathetic, remove all these thugs in 2014.

    September 25, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Winston Smith

    Shame his mom and dad didn't raise him better. Guess they were stymied by his miley cyrus leanings. Don't like the comment, stick around to see the outcome in 2014. You're gonna hate it.

    September 25, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. freedom

    This man has integrity. period.

    September 25, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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