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

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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. Clear and Present Thinker

    Cruz will will be a one-term occupier of a Senate seat.

    July 29, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Bill

    Cruz cannot deny healthcare in his own state. You liberals are so pathetic.

    July 29, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Steve

    Cruz: repeal Obamacare. Screw everyone who can't afford insurance, or has a wife on a Wall Street investment firm with platinum coverage for me.

    July 29, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  4. Mike

    Did he follow up his comments with a detailed plan of how the GOP will solve the health care problem?

    July 29, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. Steve

    Ted Cruz is a hater. He will get what he gives. And he deserves it.

    July 29, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Steve

    Canada? This duck's father fought on the side of Fidel Castro. Think about that for a while.

    July 29, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. dcase20

    This guy along with the toothless Jim-Bobs that love him are an abhorrent embarrassment to Texas.

    July 29, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. barb'sbarb

    How funny - a man whose father supported Castro (and then reportedly changed his mind) and then went to Canada and entered the oil business and married a woman in the oil business - this man thinks that the average American doesn't deserve access to health care ... even though the vast majority of Americans voted for Obama twice because of the hope that the ACA affords...
    Cruz is typical GOP Pharisee, Sadducee - What's good for him is not what other Americans deserve...

    July 29, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. karek40

    Most of the comments seem to support Obamacare and their comments reflect negatively on Senator Cruz. If Obamacare remains in effect my and your cost for health care will increase significantly. Even Obama recognizes if he does not delay the employer mandate the GOP will control the senate. Observation of an independent. My view, Obamacare is the law, our senate and representatives should work to correct its deficiencies.

    July 29, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. karek40

    A better solution for health care is a healthcare savings plan.

    July 29, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

    Go, cousin Cruz! We hillbilly fools gotta keep clubbin' dem wimmin and chillins 'til they turn red!

    July 29, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. g

    lets send this want to be back to Canada

    July 29, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. John

    12 million newly insured americans all of a sudden have no insurance.......that could be one heck of a lawsuit against GOP congressmen, forcing that many americans back onto the dole

    July 29, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. eigernordwand

    Sen. Cruz: I live in Texas. My daughter had a kidney transplant 6 years ago. She recovered and was able to go to work for a company offering health coverage, but without the "pre-existing conditions" exclusion that existed before President Obama. If she were to lose her current job and benefits and you succeed in repealing "Obamacare", what does she do to find health care; rely on her aging parents? rely on public assistance? or the local hospital ER?? Really? Sorry, I'm a conservative but I will do all I can to ensure you are voted out of office.

    July 29, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Just

    Obama anything ...epic fail.

    July 29, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. deee510

    Cruz the fool should look at facts. Americans knew that president Obama was implementing Obamacare in 2010 and we voted for President Obama's second term in 2012. Now that 8million Americans have gotten better, more affordable health care what makes this numb nut think Americans want the law repealed?. Cruz is a thick headed loud mouth. Cruz in no way is on Obama's level. Cruz will see the white house on tours like the rest of average Americans.

    July 29, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. harveyy2014

    What scares Cruz and his ilk most is that Obamacare is working. If it had the cooperation of Republican governors, it would be a great success. When's the last time he mentioned the 10 million Americans who are now insured thanks to Obamacare?

    July 29, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. timelord7202

    Even the parts that are conspicuously similar to Romneycare?

    July 29, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  19. gstlab3

    You know it is so far from what it was intended to be., it is a broken divided law much like our population.
    So what gives when you do not have the economy to support this so called free and discounted medical care??

    I'm not working and I'm disabled and have jack squat to say about this or do about this as it has become a political quagmire with no real intention on helping heal or prevent any disease anyone suffers with.

    Money and power that is what this whole country has become for these politicians and government leaches.

    Give me my property rights of real ownership back with my income being part of my property and I will make it own my own.
    I do not own my home or my wages nor will I ever because of taxation and now my body is owned and taxed by the government ACA law controlled by the IRS and an unelected rationing board.
    Who is supposed to pay these Doctors a fair wage for mine or others free or reduced cost care when there is no money to be made or created through industry and value added production of goods sold and taxed??

    We the people have the answer but it requires us giving up the super sized to big to fail government work force.

    Printing money does not make more money it devalues the money allready in existence so that will not work.

    July 29, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  20. jag

    "More than half believe Obamacare has helped." So the other half believe it's a terrible program! What reporting by CNN, make the numbers push your agenda. How about looking at the real numbers (the continued increase in insurance premiums) and talking with people in the actual medical profession that are affected daily by Obamacare. How about the government getting out of the insurance business, and let the market dictate itself.

    July 29, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Thank The Man for his honest evaluation of the biggest fraud on America

    July 29, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Ted you are wanted in Canada. Please go home we do not need u in Atlanta. Grow up and stop trying to get rid of Obama care. It will never happened.
    Get it of Congress and. Carried you Dad with you.

    July 29, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. John

    First, it was repeal Obamacare, then it was repeal and replace Obamacare;then, the Tea Party would not "approve";then,it went back to just repeal Obamacare. The law was pass Constitutionally according to the Supreme Court.

    I think some of these Obama haters say garbage they themselves don't even believe, but they need to say this garbage so they can stick their hands out for campaign donations or get an invitation to some resort to "discuss politics".

    How many of us could go to work, refuse to work like Congress and still get paid? Yeah. Obama's approval rating is down. Congress has an approval rating less than 10%.

    July 29, 2014 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. blueburner

    It is horrifying (and embarrassing) that someone like this is actually a Congressional lawmaker. That he shares a worldview with hundreds of thousands of people boggles the mind.

    July 29, 2014 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Mike in Texas

    Does Ted Cruz actually propose doing anything except for getting rid of things? Fellow Texans we need to get rid of this guy. He is a joke, just like Cornyn is

    July 29, 2014 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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