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Cruz Isn't Done Trying to Repeal Obamacare

The senator said he will release a plan to repeal and replace the health care law.

Sen. Ted Cruz hasn't given up on repealing Obamacare.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

photo of Sophie Novack
November 14, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., isn't quite finished with his crusade against Obamacare.

"This thing isn't working, and we need to start over," the senator said in an interview with Megan Kelly on Fox News on Wednesday night.

Cruz was the force behind the Defund Obamacare movement that resulted in the government shutdown in October. He caused a great deal of anger on both sides, yet Cruz is now using the rocky first month of the health care law as vindication.

 

In the interview Wednesday, Cruz called for full repeal and replacement of the law, citing insurance plan cancellations as indication that the health care law isn't working.

"We need to do two things," Cruz explained. "No. 1, we need to suspend Obamacare; we need to repeal it altogether because it's not working. Not fiddle around the edges, but acknowledge the thing is fundamentally flawed. No. 2, we need positive health reform, to empower consumers to purchase health care across state lines and create a true national market, so your health insurance can be afford, personal, and portable."

Cruz said the bills being considered in Congress to allow individuals to keep their health plans are not sufficient. Instead, he intends in the coming weeks to lay out a plan to repeal the law. 

"At this point, starting over, stopping Obamacare, I think is the essence of pragmatism," he said.

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