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.
Like father, like son. Both he and his daddy are wackos. Not to mention just downright evil. He's a Cuban, Canadian, Texan.... what could possibly go wrong with that pedigree?
Hey news flash!, the people did not pass it!
A group of corrupt Democrats did in the middle of the night passed it, and they didn't even read it, the people who control them told them to sign it, so they did what they were paid to do.
So no I was not represented at all, I was taken advantage of and will always hate them for doing wrong!
Only an IDIOT would think Americans would allow Obamacare to be dismantled. People WANT IT. People HAVE IT. NOBODY CAN TAKE IT AWAY! Cruz is a complete whack job on every level. Ugh.
More fist-pounding, chest-thumping, and nonsensical election year rhetoric from Teddy "call me Joseph M" Cruz.
He pretty much has to rely upon silly, highly dogmatic sound bites to supplement the complete absence of cogent, rational policy proposals emanating from his tea-chugging faction of the Republican Party.
Senator Cruz needs to calm down. He needs to step back and review his past statements. He tends to exaggerate a bit. He does remind me of Sen.McCarthy who really took his ideas too far. Like MCCarthy Sen cruz forgets that only one state elected him to Congress.and the other 49 states have Senators, too. Unfortunately Sen. Cruz wants his own way and he has created a frenzy around himself.
Tedious, aren't they? They just oppose stuff for the sake of opposing it. They've got nothing to offer us - no alternatives, no suggestions, just empty bluster.
Heaven help us if any of these get to positions of real power.
Ted Cruz doesn't want anything interfering with his wife's bank making bigger money. We are parasites to this man.
I lost my health insurance because of obamacare. Why do democrats want to take peoples health care away from them?
Cruz has my vote. Obamacare is a violation of our right to control our bodies (and hence provide for their healthcare) as we see fit. As long as a person accepts that they do not get healthcare they can not afford, there should be no attempt to force anyone to purchase health insurance, and no penalty against those that provide for their healthcare out-of-pocket.
AMEN. It's a pack of lies.
And here, in a nutshell (pun intended), is why we should never elect a Republican ever again.
Oh Canada! Oh Canada!
This man isn't even really an American. Yet the right overlooks that point of facts and gives him a platform. He is more a modern day George Wallace then a statesman
Get this Canadian out of my country and out of my party.
"VOTE FOR TED CRUZ SO HE CAN TAKE YOUR INSURANCE AWAY!" . Sadly, he might actually win again since Republicans have also managed to take away the voting rights of the same people he is now dis-enfranchising.
This man is dangerous because he is a lot more educated than his enemies realize and a significant portion of this country's population is angry and not very bright and thus wide open for his kind of rhetoric.
This man is a democrats best friend. He is a walking democratic fund raiser. I would offer a bet he has raised more money for the DNC than the DNC. Well now that I think about it there is Bachmann, Palin, Mcconnell oh and Bohner. Come to think of it the RNC alone is enough to almost guarentee a Democratic win. The only obstical will be the horribly republican gerrymandered districts.
Voters, at the very least let's make sure the man remains in TX o even better, returns back to his country of origin. How much more nonsense can one spew? For all the valid points the few moderate Republicans may have, it is people like Cruz who will keep polarizing at all cost. We should deny them the influence via voting them out.
Republicans are funny.
As a proud Canadian, I say .........
HELL NO, we don't want him. ....eh?
And take Ron and Rand Paul with you.
That would be the best solution, but I doubt it will ever happen.
The ACA has been in place for less than a year, and already millions more have healthcare coverage. The cost of HC coverage for some has gone down, for others it's gone up–but after less than one year it's ridiculous to blame the ACA for increasing costs, because we've seen steadily rising costs for decades prior to the ACA. Plus, individual health insurance costs are only one piece of the puzzle–we don't yet know if the overall cost of healthcare in this country will stabilize or go down. One potential benefit of ACA is that community hospitals will not have to provide service for as many uninsured. Do we know yet if our hospitals having to cover more or less indigent care thanks to ACA? I've not yet seen any reliable estimates on that aspect of the ACA...too early to tell.
Anyway, while I believe the law and it's implementation can be improved, there is absolutely no reason to go back to what we had before.
When was the last time Ted was drug tested?
It's unanimous. Cruz is an idiot spouting nonsense.