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. TimeToVoteAGAINSTSomeone

    "Some battles you can win with one clean rifle shot" – he fully knows the single amazing meaning of these words. The Insane Part of Hatred and No has gone WAY off the deep end.

    July 30, 2014 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. liz

    I think we should repeal this eejit's citizenship and send him back to Canada only problem, like Bieber they don't want em' back.

    July 30, 2014 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  3. humtake

    Just another example of how America's politicians continue to do absolutely nothing. Instead of working on the legislation to fix the things that one side doesn't agree with, they want to scrap the whole thing and start over, which is the same thing that happened to healthcare before Obamacare. All this does is ensure we continue to fight over an issue for decades to come. This is why I don't vote anymore. The same issues that were around 40 years ago when I was kid are STILL being fought over today. Abortion rights, immigration laws, etc. Why vote when nothing gets accomplished? When the government decides on something and sticks with it to make it better, then I'll start voting again. I'm sick of dealing with the same issues decade after decade.

    July 30, 2014 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  4. RL

    Why oh why does the media publish anything this idiot has to say.

    July 30, 2014 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  5. Jack

    To all of you suggesting he "go back to Canada", please be advised that we do not want that nutbar on this side of the border. May I suggest he be sent back to Cuba, (home of his Father) and maybe there he would fit in better. OR send him to Alaska with the other crazy!

    July 30, 2014 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  6. foundstar

    Interesting and pitiful to watch and listen to a fool and his rantings. He is in dire need of psychological attention and treatment...A lobotomy would be a good start.

    July 30, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  7. Walter

    That's easy for this man to say because he has top-notch health insurance through his wife's employer as well as government employer-provided health insurance. The Republican attitude seems to be, "I've got mine, so screw the rest of you who aren't as fortunate." We may have the best health care facilities and treatments in the world, but too many of our citizens can't afford to use them, and pity our nation if the Republicans should ever control all three branches of government ... unless you're already very wealthy. Government by the few for the few.

    July 30, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  8. Conservative reform

    The Conservative alternatives to ObamaCare/ACA are outlined in The 2017 Project.

    July 30, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  9. C. Guynes

    As I read through these postings I am surprised at how naive and uninformed everyone is. I'm not sure any of you are in charge of the budgets in your own households. There is a much better and less expense way to bring health care to the eight million uninsured in our country and now that number has gone up so I don't think we accomplished anything but spending more of our money and lining the pockets of the insurance companies who the government has made sure will not lose a dime. The big losers here are the tax payers and that is what he is trying to tell everyone. He is not on the governments side he is on ours. I work hard like most people and I am tired of paying for everyone elses lives. I would like to continue to pay for my own.

    July 30, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  10. Minnie Mouse

    Cruz, your one person and your not going to be able to take away anyone's healthcare rights. Just give it up! This law was set up to where everyone is responsible to make sure that they attain healthcare and that tax payers are not paying for everyone's healthcare. Unfortunately there are some flaws for sure in it but if you look at the good of the law, the changes have really done people some good. There are thousands of adults and children with pre-existing conditions and I am of one them, who have been denied treatments because the insurance won't pay and you don't have the money either, been charged higher rates, had to have lengthy waiting periods to just get any coverage ect..Now no one has to go through this anymore, everyone gets coverage and people don't have to worry about health care while in college because they can stay on the parents insurance until the age 26. There is more good in the law than you are seeing, Cruz. If you want to do something then fix Medicare. These plans are so limited a person can't get the care needed. There's not enough choices to even cover your doctors, there are plans being sold that have $6,000 deductibles, hardly any doctors even take Medicare. This is where the problems is. The people who are on the plans are seniors and the disabled. These people are both on low incomes, so we should not be selling plans that has a $6000 deducts. If there are people who have lifetime illnesses with no cures, you won't be able to get the care needed and if you on limited income you won't get the care needed either because you will have to pay the first $6,000. This is a huge problems for millions of Americans with Medicare. A person who is disabled or a senior should be able to pick any insurance company that they want and use any doctor that they want but it's set up to where it's in counties. If you go out of your county, it cost you more. Even if the doctor you are using is 2 miles more down the road. Every doctor should accept Medicare but they don't. A specific selected handful only. This is ridiculous! This is unfair to any person who becomes disabled and the seniors because at one point in our lives, we were all tax payers! So if you really want to make a difference Cruz, then do something with something that truly has real issues that need to be fixed and it's Medicare.

    July 30, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  11. on streetwise

    Instead of repeal anything... the first thing to do is to push for a single paying health government plan, that could be a first class nation in the USA that we ALL can be proud of again.

    July 30, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    “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.”
    I guess elections only matter to Cruz when they turn out they way he prefers. The 2012 election was exactly what Republicans had wanted, a referendum on the A.C.A.. The A.C.A. won. Sen. Cruz shut down the government in a woefully misguided effort to repeal the A.C.A. Republicans have tried everything except to actually try to win elections with better ideas, instead hate, scorn, and disdain. Does anyone else get a "my way, or the highway" vibe from the GOTP.

    July 30, 2014 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  13. crabman1

    lets just replace everybody next election

    July 30, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  14. Tone


    Yep, every bloody word. And then vote out of Congress all the slimy Dems who passed it by lies and dirty tricks.

    And replace it with what? And good luck with removing Democrats, myself, my family, and my community is ready to vote, every vote for a Democrat is a vote for President Obama

    July 30, 2014 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    neutral one says:
    July 29, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm
    Disturbing how CNN has become the Pied Piper of the left wing. You can see from all these one sided comments.

    It's no where near as bad as Faux. They are definitely the Pied Pipers of the right wing. And please believe this site allows plenty of GOP comments. Just check out any story remotely connected to President Obama.

    July 30, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  16. Johnny Boy

    I thought we can only elect candidates who are natural born citizens in this country?

    July 30, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    I am young and obamacare hurts me. i dont want health insurance, i dont NEED it, im young and heallthy and im expected to go bankrupt to subsidize worthless people on welfare and old fat people who get discounted health insurance. this is a tyrannical law.


    What if you fall off your skateboard? Getting appropriate treatment for one broken bone will cost you far more than your annual premiums – TEN TIMES OVER! If you get hurt or sick and don't have insurance, guess what? YOU become one of those "worthless people" that you and like-minded individuals whine about, and responsible Americans have to pay for it in the form of higher premiums.

    July 30, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Malory Archer

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


    What if you get sick or injured before and you don't have enough $$$ in your "healthcare savings plan" to cover your medical expenses?

    July 30, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  19. Steve, New York City

    This is the problem with someone like Ted Cruz. . .he wants to do nothing but dismantle all existing policy w/o offering alternatives. Ted Cruz epitomizes the problem with congress: he is nothing more than a mouth-piece for the Koch brothers, the AIPAC and the NRA. Don't we have enough people like him already in power?

    By the way, Ted – if you really want to convince people that you're American, don't use words like "bloody" unless you're directly referring to a physical bodily injury.

    July 30, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Why has this GOP JOKE extremest teaparty SUBVERSIVE loser not been DEPORTED to Cuba or Canada or SOMIALIA where he would feel at home???? And if you weren't living of YOUR WIFES health insurance , you wouldn't be AGAINEST the ACA that the MAJORITY of Americans SUPPORT !!!!!!

    July 30, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Well they say that this GOP CLOWN is brilliant , I see 0 evidence of that but plenty of evidence of the EXACT OPPOSITE !!!! Good luck in November because their will be a LOT of GOP cantors and this GOP FREEK will be one of THEM. Now or 2016 , you will be GONE!!!!!!

    July 30, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rogue351 says:
    July 30, 2014 12:21 am at 12:21 am
    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.

    Bravo!!! 👏👏👏

    July 30, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  23. 2L

    But there are some things in it which make perfect sense – like not allowing insurance carriers to deny someone coverage b/c of an existing condition. I got a refund from my health ins b/c the law requires them to spend at least 85% on healthcare costs and no more than 15% on admin costs to insure the money is being spent wisely. They spent less than 85%, so they have to refund the difference to my employer.

    July 30, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Conservative reform says:
    July 30, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am
    The Conservative alternatives to ObamaCare/ACA are outlined in The 2017 Project.

    Yep right up there with unicorn farts. They have no alternative except go back to the way things were. People going broke due to medical bills and people simply dying off. But that's their plan isn't it? Because after all, if you weren't born with a platinum spoon in your mouth, it's no ones fault but your own.

    July 30, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Dallas

    This is a despicible human being. He preaches fear, hate and bigotry. I am ashamed that this man represents my state. He knows nothing about the ACA – if he did, he would see and realize how many people it is helping and has helped. Of course there are some flaws, there are flaws in everything but for this charlatan is doing nothing but playing to the fanatical base of the republican party. The jokes on you Teddy – America as a whole is not going to fall for your lies and deceit!

    July 30, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
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