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Ted Cruz Wants Another 50 Votes to Repeal Obamacare

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While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to repeal Obamacare over 50 times, the Senate, under Democratic leadership, hasn’t quite measured up.

That could all change if Republicans are elected to a majority of seats tomorrow and if Senator Ted Cruz gets his way.

During an interview with the Washington Post published yesterday, Cruz said he wants to force a series of votes to repeal the law and force the president to veto every one.

Cruz also would like the Senate to be as aggressive in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act as the House, which has voted more than 50 times to get rid of the law.

Republicans should “pursue every means possible to repeal Obamacare,” Cruz said, including forcing a vote through parliamentary procedures that would get around a possible filibuster by Democrats. If that leads to a veto by Obama, Cruz said, Republicans should then vote on provisions of the health law “one at a time.”

Cruz wouldn’t give a straight answer to the Washington Post when asked if he would support Mitch McConnell as majority leader and I expect that he never will.

Not being the majority leader serves Cruz quite well because he can rail against leadership without being forced to show any leadership himself.

If Republican hard-liners actually follow through on their threats, the president’s veto pen could be busy. I remain skeptical, however, that the Republicans will actually be able to stop fighting amongst themselves long enough pass half of what they want.

House Republicans haven’t been able to pass much of anything even though they’ve had majority control since 2011.

The race for the GOP nomination in 2016 will heat up in the coming months and most of the party’s hopefuls would sell their own grandmother if it was politically advantageous to do so.

  • muselet

    Republicans should “pursue every means possible to repeal Obamacare,” Cruz said, including forcing a vote through parliamentary procedures that would get around a possible filibuster by Democrats. If that leads to a veto by Obama, Cruz said, Republicans should then vote on provisions of the health law “one at a time.”

    To what end? Sure, Ted Cruz gets to strut and preen and spit-shine his reputation as a Righty nutcase in advance of his run for president. And sure, there are lots of Rs who would happily, even gleefully, vote to repeal the ACA, and who would cheer themselves hoarse if that ever came to pass (partly for ideological reasons, partly because there’s a dusky D in the White House).

    But in order for the repeal of the ACA—or even the endless show votes Cruz is championing—to pay electoral benefits, the Rs have to pray the public never figures out that losing health insurance isn’t exactly a bonanza.

    If Ted Cruz wants to take away access to health insurance and patient protections, let him try, and the Democratic Party should hang it around his neck like a frelling millstone. Come 2016, every D should run against every R, for every office in every state, on the issue. Make them own it. The Ds have got to stop running away from a law that directly benefits millions of people.

    And, most importantly, everyone who doesn’t want to spend four nightmare years with a President Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz needs to get off their blot and vote.

    –alopecia

    • Agreed, I think a provision-by-provision series of votes, vetoed by President Obama, would haunt these asshats in 2016. It’s easy to say “I voted to repeal Obamacare.” But a lot less easy to say, “I voted to kick your 23 year old kid off your insurance.” and “I voted to reinstate pre-existing conditions.” They would get even more slaughtered than they’re going to. And I’ll bet at least a few of them would realize that. Ted Cruz, not so much.

      • muselet

        Ted Cruz couldn’t lose his Senate seat if he tried, so there’s not a lot of risk for him, and indeed saying stuff like this burnishes his wingnut credentials.

        If—if—Ds come out of their defensive crouch and vigorously campaign for every element of the ACA, I believe it could have a profound effect on the next several elections. (Ds also need to bypass spanners like Chuck Todd, who doesn’t think it’s his job to point out that the Rs are lying. To which I say, it’s about time.) Maybe then even oceans of dark money (thanks again, Anthony Kennedy!) won’t be enough to convince the voting public that black is white, up is down, and electing Rs is good for the country.

        The less-insane Rs realize it, but there aren’t a whole lot of them around and those that exist are busy hiding under their desks.

        I miss sane Republicans.

        –alopecia

  • Nefercat

    Cruz wouldn’t give a straight answer when asked … if he would support Mitch McConnell as majority leader… Not being the majority leader serves Cruz … because he can rail against leadership without being forced to show any leadership himself.

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    This is exactly true. Also, Cruz’s narcissism and grandiosity would never allow him to support someone else to hold a higher position than himself.

    I hope the dissonance between preferring to lob cannonballs from outside with no responsibility, and the desire to be worshiped as Lord of the Senate For All Eternity, makes his horrid nasty head explode.

  • Scopedog

    Once again–elections do matter, even midterms. Get the hell out there and vote. If you just sit around and whine about how you’re not voting to “send a message”, you’re a fucking idiot and deserve to have your head unscrewed against the threads.*

    *Apologies for the harsh language, but I’ve just had it with the “don’t vote” folks who know damned well that there are major differences between the two parties and that the GOP is only interested in screwing over the 99%.

    • Victor the Crab

      Don’t apologize. Those fucking imbeciles – especially those that troll this site and the Banter – need to get it through their dense craniums that their pouty inaction is destructive to their own interests and to the country as a whole.

    • Nefercat

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