Cruz Isn’t Done Trying to Repeal Obamacare

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

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves the Capitol after he spoke on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours September 25, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sen. Cruz ended his marathon speech against the Obamacare at noon on Wednesday. 
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Sophie Novack
Nov. 14, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

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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