Ted Cruz Is Going on a "Defund Obamacare Tour," and He's Bringing it to Dallas

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Senator Ted Cruz wasn't joking when he threatened last week to shut down the government if the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, moves forward.

Now, buoyed by his victory in an early presidential straw poll in Iowa, he's doubling down on his salted-fields-and-scorched-earth fight against Obamacare.

"If ordinary Washington rules apply, we can't win this fight," Cruz told Texas reporters during a conference call on Wednesday, according to the Texas Tribune. "We don't have the votes, and we are unlikely to get the votes in closed-door meetings in Washington. The only way that we win this fight is if the American people rise up."

The clock is ticking. Two months from today, the budget for fiscal year 2014 goes into effect. If Obamacare provisions are included, -- health insurance exchanges, health insurance subsidies, the individual mandate -- they will be all but impossible to undo.

"My focus for the next 61 days is very directly targeted to one thing, and that is working to defund Obamacare," he said. "In my view, this is the best opportunity we have to defund Obamacare and quite possibly our last opportunity to effectively defund Obamacare."

The problem, as Cruz alluded to earlier, is that even Republicans aren't so sure this whole bring-the-federal-government-to-a-screeching-halt thing is a good idea. So, Cruz is attempting to exert a little outside pressure.

The Dallas Morning News explains:

From Aug. 19 to 29, he'll barnstorm the country with Jim DeMint, the tea party patron, former senator and Heritage Foundation president. Their "Defund Obamacare Tour" will include a town hall-style event in Dallas on Aug. 20, Heritage said Wednesday.

Cruz argues that this is no time for timidity, because once the law's subsidies kick in next year, Americans will quickly become addicted.

"The Obama administration knows that in modern times, no major entitlement program that's been implemented has ever been unwound," he said, arguing that Republicans can avoid political fallout if they persuade the public to join them.

And what could be funner than a road trip with Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz? Absolutely anything.


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gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

We've been listening to the yammering and howling from the Tea Party and beyond for the last four years about what a horror Obamacare is supposed to be, but I have yet to see, hear or read even one sensible argument against the government partnering with healthcare insurance companies to allow 31 million Americans the healthcare they need. 

We constantly hear that Obamacare is "Socialism", but since when is the biggest giveaway to for-profit healthcare insurance companies ever even remotely that?  I have a feeling this continual libel, "Socialism", is merely one more incident of people not knowing what they're talking about.  Socialism?  Really?  Do you see any employee-owned and operated heathcare insurance companies around here?  I sure don't.  But that would be "Socialism".  Nope, not even employee-owned and operated hospitals and doctors offices either. 

Even more troubling than the ignorant name-calling is that neither conservatives nor Republicans have come up with an alternative to, well, an approach that was developed and approved by the same Heritage Foundation that is parading more malarkey around the nation. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

A government shutdown?  After the HORROR that we've already experienced with the sequester!?!  I mean, we have planes falling out of the sky, our military is crippled, no one is getting SS checks, all of the National Parks are shut down...

Wait, none of that stuff from the White House sequester stories actually happened?

Bring on the shutdown, then.

(Also, Facebook comments still suck and are still shitting their FB diarrhea all over the threads.  Remove them.)

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

If you would put a smaller hat on TC in the picture for this story, he would sort of look like Icky Twerp.

corkyvonluxembourg
corkyvonluxembourg

Where do leftist Spin Doctors like you live, Eric? Are you part of the turn-Texas-blue gang? Why do you try to change our culture? This isn't California. We have no intention of becoming like them. Please stop masquerading as a journalist and get a job as a honest leftist on the dole in DC.

Queeng Cummings
Queeng Cummings

Who's paying for this crap, not to mention the 40 and counting FAILED votes they've had trying to repeal the ACA?

big_oj
big_oj

More like the "I Hate Obama" tour.

animas
animas

Touring with DeMint current president of the Heritage Foundation which  once touted and supported a "PPACA like" mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance-- much like the SCOTUS endorsed current law, must be a schizoid experience for Cruz.  I guess these guys just can't make up their minds about all of this and stay on message. (enough already)

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

We can take comfort in knowing what happened to the last Iowa straw poll front runner.

Brandon Von Black-Fist
Brandon Von Black-Fist

Because they didn't actually read it, they listed to other people with authority who didn't read it.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Cruz will crash and burn on this mission.  Obamacare has shown early on to be gaining significantly in popularity with the American public.  Republicants did all they could to smear, lie, sabotage, and stonewall, and none of it worked.  Obamacare is here to stay.  Get it?  Got it?  Good.

Russ Coffman
Russ Coffman

Teddy, want my annual health insurance overcharge rebate check? COME AND TAKE IT.

Marla Havins
Marla Havins

he does need to go on a road trip...good idea

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

I'm guessing this tour will make stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early presidential primary states....but don't bring up the question to Ted about his plans for 2016!

Russ Coffman
Russ Coffman

That's partly because so many wanted single payer to get insurance CEOs out of our lives forever and secure control by the electorate.

crrojahn
crrojahn

From 'Best Hot Dog and after hours Hipster Scene' to politics. Funny thing is, you don't have a clue about either. Laughable. 

Terrence Wilsön
Terrence Wilsön

So Teddy will you be renouncing your health insurance where the mean ol' gubmint pays up to 75 percent of your premiums? Put up or shut fella....

Chad Aldridge
Chad Aldridge

Come on, all these bible thumping politician Christians like Cruz know that Jesus wouldn't want universal health care for us all. That would make Jesus a tree hugging liberal hippie...oh, wait? :v

Valorie Hosch
Valorie Hosch

Sounds good to me. Look at any poll out there. A majority are against Obamacare.

Steve Hunter
Steve Hunter

He wants to destroy the federal government. Isn't that what terrorists want to do?

Clarissa Nicole
Clarissa Nicole

These are the same people that claim pro-life in the name of the Lord. OK

Steve Hunter
Steve Hunter

C'mon Texas. We can do better than this.

ruddski
ruddski

Taking a stance against the most well-thought-out and wildly popular bipartisan legislation ever is just plain loco.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@animas Correct.  Republichumps were all for Obamacare, years before it was called that.  As soon as Obama took hold of it they came out against it.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Valorie Hosch Does that mean you're sending back your Social Security check and tearing up your Medicare card?

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