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

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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. Mike in Texas

    Unless you get 67 votes in the Senate it ain't gonna happen Ted. Every Democratic Senator in 2015 will have been elected or re elected after the ACA was passed as law. There is no danger of them losing because of the ACA.

    July 29, 2014 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Thomas

    The same Ted Cruz who wanted to defund the center for disease control in Atlanta .

    Ebola is real .

    July 29, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. P Schafer

    The scary thing for me is that this Idiot runs for Prez and gets elected.If the US has a clue as to what damage he can do he would be run back to Canada,green eggs and ham ...Geeze

    July 29, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Kaymichigan

    The law will never be repealed as long as Obama's president, he'll veto any bill repealing it. The GOP's only hope of repealing it is to find a Presidential candidate who can win in 2016 and then pass a bill once there's a Republican in power who won't veto it. They'd better start looking because so far they don't have many choices.

    July 29, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Mike in Texas

    Ted Cruz is the biggest welfare recipient in Texas. The government gives him money to basically complain how bad everything is and not offer any solutions other than it's bad. In the private sector he would be shamed by others for his constant whining and complaining with no ideas. Most likely he would be unemployed.

    July 29, 2014 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Chuk

    Cruz is an idiot. Next.

    July 29, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Mike in Texas

    If Ted Cruz had a job in the private sector he would have been let go during his probation period for lack of production.

    July 29, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. annieL

    I love it when the rich and entitled like Cruz with his Wall Street wife tell uninsured working folks he wants to take away the first health insurance they've ever had because either their employers didn't subsidize it, they couldn't afford it or the insurance companies wouldn't cover their pre-existing conditions. This is what "out of touch" means.

    July 29, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Paul P. Valtos

    For someone whose father had to come to the United States through Canada due to not given a allotted slot for immigrants, he sure says a lot for someone without the authority of a non American. He is Canadian and is by reason of his father's inability to enter the US. He took the round about entry through Canada since the Canadian immigration laws are less restrictive. I know of Germans who were POW's held here in the South and repatriated to Germany who reentered the US through Canada. They told me that they were not accepted by the US immigration authorities but Canadian immigration was very flexible. The father said he did not like the black flies in Canada.

    July 29, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Seattle Sue

    It seems for certain that Sen. Cruz is nuts but what about the people that voted for him?

    July 29, 2014 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  11. Paul

    true idiot- likes to be in the spotlight, ooh-ooh look at me , self absorbed bloviated moron

    July 29, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  12. annieL

    Republicans never seem to see any problems that ordinary working folks see everyday. Affording medical care is not a problem to any of them so it must not exist, therefore, no need for Congress to do anything.

    July 29, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. mjenk62

    What is wrong with you people? Do you want to live in a country ruled by the iron fist of socialism, or do you want a country that is free from tyranny? Obamacare is tyranny! What are you people? A bunch of Bolshevicks?

    July 29, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Doug J.

    Providing all of our citizens with a basic level of healthcare is the right thing to do. Rather than continuously trying to harm people, perhaps Mr. Cruz should try to make the law better?

    July 29, 2014 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  15. Nishna

    Shorter Cruz: let 'em die!!!

    July 29, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. Jan

    The man is an embarassment to Texans. Go back to Canada ...

    July 29, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. 1alien1

    he should change his last name to bachmann. he sounds like he shares her gene pool

    July 29, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. fedup

    This guy is crazy and the people that follow him are dangerous.

    July 29, 2014 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    No more Cruz please.

    July 29, 2014 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. heymomma

    And replace the ACA with what? And what are you going to tell the millions who finally have health insurance?

    July 29, 2014 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Keith

    I'm a US citizen living in Canada. I LOVE the healthcare system here and we do NOT need Teddy back. If you must send him back we will trade a certain Toronto mayor in Teddy's place. This boy just doesn't like blacks. Texas should be ashamed of themselves for electing him in the first place.

    July 29, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. darth cheney

    Every year, it gets a little harder to convince myself that there used to be sane, constructive Republicans in this country.

    July 29, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. TNPatriot

    Ted Cruz, the dirtiest trick that Fidel Castro ever played on the United States.

    July 29, 2014 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    "repeal every word of Ted Cruz's oath of office"

    July 29, 2014 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. Texas Marcy

    "Some battles you can win with one clean rifle shot"? Good lord, some delusional nut is going to take this seriously. He needs a random thought filter.

    July 29, 2014 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
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