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

    All texans need to do is vote. All you need is to do is realize the man has done nothing and has nothing to stand on. Hopefully Wendy Davis will win the governorship and turn the tide.

    July 29, 2014 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. frank thomas

    cruz means cross in Spanish and this guy has no interest in Spanish speaking people in the u.s. from Canada, he could never be president even Cubans are embarrassed by him, but hey he opens his mouth, utters nonsense like palin and gets published, remember voters in November vote straight democrat.

    July 29, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Jade

    I work at a clinic and most of our patients don't have medical insurance before OBAMACARE. Now more than 90% of our patients have medical insurance and they do pay their premiums, co-pays and deductible. At least these patients are now contributing to their own medical and dental care. SO TED CRUZ IS A MORON!

    July 29, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. mark440

    And while Teddy is banging away on Obamacare....WHAT??? ...... 47% of adults in Texas are in credit card default?? WHAT??? Texas has created the highest number of minimum wage jobs ??? WHAT??? People can't pay their bills – and they sure as hell don't need no health coverage....

    Ted – take you hands off the microphone. No one is listening.....

    July 29, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. yolanda

    Listening to him is like watching a child forget the song at a recital...painful but predictable. He is not presidential material, and no amount of grandstanding will make him so.

    July 29, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. jerrod

    If yal want a healthcare system like Germany or Canada, then look up how much they pay taxes. I'm all for whatever yal want but we cant have one without the other. Meaning, in order to have a healthcare system like socialist germany and socialist canada, then we need to pay more in taxes to be able to afford it.

    July 29, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Yes because these republicans want us to go back to the days of being denied health insurance due to pre-existing conditions, having coverage denied because one met his lifetime limit and having to pay out of pocket costs for preventative services.

    July 29, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. mark440

    and maybe the rest of us will repeal every bloody word of Ted Cruz. If only he wasn't such a whiner .......

    July 29, 2014 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Rick Robeson

    Cruz said that: some battles can be one by one clean rifle shot..."
    Uh, hope he wasn't referring to JFK!

    July 29, 2014 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. markiejoe

    Dear Sen. Cruz: I wholeheartedly support Obamacare. My only problem is it didn't go far enough. We need universal, single-payer healthcare..

    July 29, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. bmike

    Yea Cruz needs to be commited in a straight jacket...replace it with what the Republicans don't have a clue, let alone a health plan.

    July 29, 2014 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Seph

    Just change the name back to Romneycare.

    Then the conservatives will totally support the idea and talk about how it's the greatest thing ever.

    July 29, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Manuel Labor

    Keep tilting at that windmill, Ted.

    July 29, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Danny

    What part of "...more than half the public believes Obamacare has helped either their families or others across the country..." they don't understand? No wonder the republican party seems to be destined to be wiped-out in the upcoming election(s)

    July 29, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. jedclampett

    With President Obama in office until January 2016, there is nothing any republican can do to get rid of ACA. Any attempt to repeal will be vetoed. By then the ACA will have proven its worth and remain the law of the land. If only we the democrats could get a super-majority in the Senate and win back the house, we might be able to get something better like universal healthcare. Then even our veterans would be better off.

    Medicare for all! Notice how seniors fight for their medicare? These right wingers would be hangin' from their own trees all over the south if they ever tried to get rid of that.

    July 29, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. joe d.

    obamacare ,is the new abortion, hot button presidential election issue the republicans will slam us with. and the end, the result is another lost election for these losers. healthcare for all !

    July 29, 2014 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. boof

    this is what a lobbyist looks like, good job Texas

    July 29, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. quinLee

    I guess the looney toons have to have someone to follow, Might as well be Cruz.

    July 29, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Richard Hode

    The Obamacare provision that extended parents' health insurance for children to age 26 is a great boon to all parents. I will never vote for Cruz, or any other Republican. Never, never ever.

    July 29, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. jim2307

    Totally agree with all of the posts above,as Pam said on last weeks True Blood episode @ Cruz fundraiser"of all the
    repulsive things I have seen in last 100 yrs. this is the most disgusting".

    July 29, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. vinny

    That would be Anarchy

    July 29, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. mAPLELeaf

    Please keep him in Texas...and yes we do enjoy our state run healthcare here in Canada...had a car accident 10 years ago where I went off the road and hit a tree in a snowstorm. Broke both arms, both legs, collarbone, nose, and cheekbone. Was in the hospital for almost 3 months and it didnt cost me one red penny....not one! Had a baby in Newfoundland last year and the provincial government gave my wife and I a thousand dollars!!! $1000 !!!! So you keep Ted Cruz in Texas with like minded people....You can keep Beiber and Celine Dion as well

    July 29, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Cyprustree

    Somebody needs to pull the 8 track out of the GOP drive. It's broken and keeps looping over the same "Repeal Obamacare" line over and over again. Since we've heard this song for years now, it's getting old.

    July 29, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. rl

    Teddy, Teddy, Teddy, what your your fellow Canadian citizens say if they could see you now? They are really enjoying their National Single Payer Health Care and darn good Health Care at that. They see you as a person who gave up your Canadian citizenship so you could attack foreign people (like you were when you mother an American and you father a Cuban exile), they see you hate for minorities (like yourself) and women (aren't you married to a woman-why do you hate her?), and your haterid for you new country that allowed you to become a citizen of it, even though you are not a natural born one, so you could never be President. I am so sure that they are ashamed of you. The Canadians I know are so polite and caring of others. What happened?

    July 29, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. spoo

    Just more Palinomics

    July 29, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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