Ted Cruz: NBA All-Star Game Outperforms Obamacare

The ACA is a “rolling calamity.” Also, less popular than the 2010 NBA All-Star game.

Singer Usher performs onstage during the NBA All-Star Game held at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.
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Nov. 13, 2013, 11:18 a.m.

It’s taken all of half an hour for con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans to be­gin what’s likely to be a lengthy at­tack against the ex­tremely low Obama­care en­roll­ment num­bers. House Speak­er John Boehner shot out a press re­lease call­ing the num­bers re­port “a sym­bol of the fail­ure of the pres­id­ent’s health care law” and a “rolling calam­ity that must be scrapped.” 

Oth­ers were a bit more off-beat. Take the two high­lights of the GOP Texas caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Steve Stock­man:

106,185 people en­rolled in Obama­care. 108,713 at­ten­ded the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Cow­boys Sta­di­um. #FullRe­peal

— Sen­at­or Ted Cruz (@Sen­Ted­Cruz) Novem­ber 13, 2013

Only 106,185 have signed up for Obama­care so far. The XFL drew a total of 936,392 fans. Can Obama­care out­per­form the XFL?

— Rep. Steve Stock­man (@Steve­Work­s4Y­ou) Novem­ber 13, 2013

OK, those are all def­in­itely a bunch of num­bers. But how ex­actly can sports audi­ences com­pare to people who have en­rolled in the Af­ford­able Care Act in Oc­to­ber?

Let’s try to sort it out. There was an XFL* star best known as “He Hate Me,” and for sure a lot of people aren’t too in­to Obama­care. And Dwayne Wade was the MVP of the 2010 NBA All-Star game, and that guy is great at get­ting hurt.

Oth­er­wise, we’re draw­ing blanks. But we’re just minutes away from the en­roll­ment num­bers rol­lout. So ex­pect to see more on this theme soon.

*For those of you who don’t know: the XFL was a poorly con­ceived foot­ball league that was the brainchild of the WWE’s Vince McMa­hon. It las­ted one sea­son.

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