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.
Cruz is as relevant as Palin. Both had their fifteen weeks of fame, and now no one wants to hear from either of them.
Oh sure,blame Canada.
rafael teodoro aka Calgary Cowboy with the fake texas drawl to make them Texans he is one of them. Even his bald head spot on his left side is identical to the one McCarthy had while in the senate; another thing, notice how he preaches like the other abnormal cruz, his father by pacing the stage.......more a preacher than a politician..........he doesn't make sense anyway........back to cuba.
Mr. Cruz, we are not going to waste our time, hearing again your bloody green eggs & ham talk.
What is this Canadian doing running for POTUS? Oh i forgot he is white so its all right. No long form needed.
My cousin's husband hails from Windsor, Canada. His mother needed an operation. She had to wait several months for her diagnostic test and even longer for the operation itself. Her recovery was spent in a semi-private room(2 patient room) with a convict chained to the bed next to her. Did I mention she had to drive over a 100 miles to get the operation? How many Canadians are crossing the border to get access to more urgent care? I wonder why? Not trying to scare you or bait you, but a version of this in the future may be coming to a hospital near you.
Sure, 'cause hey, those 11 million Americans are better off without health care insurance than with it, right Mr. Cruz?
See just how crazy and bizarre the GOP has become?
And screw everyone is has benefitted. That's the American way-screw the middle class. Republicans suck.
irresponsible and callous
Cruz is clearly crazy. This is the most insane way for a political party to lead. The ACA is a massive success- just as the GOP feared, and worked so hard to keep from happening.
The GOP is now the party of Dr. Suess and washed up actors with empty chairs. Saying that I apologize profusely to Dr. Suess and his many fans. Kids books are great for kids. Not so much for Kindergarten leadership failures like Cruz or the rest of their crazy kin on the Right.
The GOP / Tea Party will never understand. They think they are the chosen few that "god" protects over in America. The really strange thing they cant see is how similar their mindset is to the people that attacked the USA on 9/11. Their fear has transformed them along with the NRA to make them more like our enemy and less like Americans. The want to be ruled over by religion and guns. They believe the end of the world is near apposed to living as free people. They choose to blame the government for all of their problems and insecurities. Allow as many immigrants into this country as we can, it strengthens our country. If it was not for immigration via slavey, the Irish, Greek, Italian, etc etc we would be a nation a pale white people still fighting British rule. Our diversity sets us apart and makes us much stronger than those that first arrived here and stole the land from the native Americans. The rich are not the answer. God is not the answer. Diversity, science and education are the things that will lead the USA to greatness once again. Not war, hate and discrimination. It is silly and unproductive to even consider it. Fear is and hate is are the only things that drive the GOP / Tea Party and freedom was not won by being afraid.
Cruz is just another two-bit right-wing demagogue trying to establish a fascist political base, on the wrong side of history...in 5 years, like Palin, people will be saying "Cruz who?"
Um...but it is working.
All Cruz needs is the white hair and he is exactly what we have had for decades. Cruz cares about money, money, guns and money. That is called greed and fear and that will NOT move America forward. And for those e of you that think we should move America backwards, think again. Time moves in one direction and you can never go back no matter how great they say Reagan was. Always remember he stared next to a monkey. No matter what they tell you that does NOT represent power and leadership. That represents bad judgment and proves a man willing to do and say anything for himself not for the benefit of others. Cruz will be remembered the same way, hatful and afraid.
Approximately 50% of the ACA was written by Republican Representatives in their extensive amendment drive; it is why no would know what the act would be until it was passed. So Cruz doesn't like Republican legislation. He isn't a very intelligent man, well not intelligent at all.
Hello Ted Cruz and republicans.....if you actually manage to repeal AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES....THE ONES THAT YOU REPRESENT.... I will just revert back to going to the emergency room and not paying for it....makes no difference to me......
But in reality....have a nice rest of your career Teddie Cruiz in the republic of Tex Ass....
What an UnAmerican puke this vile being is.
My wife now has medical insurance after 4 years of having none.
She's having a problem with her knee, now it is not considered a pre-existing condition.
About 3 years ago we checked the Texas risk pool for the cost of a policy,
between $400 a month with a $10,000 deductible to $1,500 a month with a $750 deductible.
One item of discussion that Cruz will not talk about is how many people in Texas die because
they do not have health care. If a person has stage two cancer of any kind, where can they
get help in the State of Texas? Maybe Ms. Killough can ask Cruz these questions.
Isn't there a way to find the valve stem and let the air outta this blowhard spare tire mooo-ronnn?
How about you shut your mouth you wind bag and do your job.
GO back to Canada, where they have socialized medicine!
I can't tell where the democrat party ends and cnn bloggers begins, or vice versa.
Go back to Canada via Cuba!
This is an example of a crackpot winning a seat by spouting hatred and bile. It's absurd. It's disgusting. It's inhuman. And so quintessentially Republican.
Cruz doesn't care if you die because of a lack of health insurance. He knows you won't vote for him anyway so it's nothing to him to pull the plug on anyone that needs health care. This guy is an extreme nutcase that lacks humanity. People that elect him get just what they deserve.