What Ted Cruz Gets Wrong About Obamacare

Contra his pronouncements, Americans oppose defunding the president’s health care law if it means government shutdown.

U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Cruz speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas,  Saturday, June 9, 2012.  Cruz and David Dewhurst are locked in a fierce fight for the Republican nomination to fill Texas' open U.S. Senate seat. 
National Journal
Sept. 23, 2013, 12:07 p.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s man­tra for some time now has been the GOP needs to listen to the Amer­ic­an people and de­fund the pres­id­ent’s sig­na­ture health care law. And he’s cor­rect that three years after its pas­sage, most every poll shows that Obama­care re­mains un­pop­u­lar with the Amer­ic­an elect­or­ate. But Cruz has failed to grasp an im­port­ant nu­ance — namely, that Amer­ic­ans are even less ex­cited about the idea of bring­ing the gov­ern­ment to a halt to block the law.

Amer­ic­ans op­pose de­fund­ing Obama­care by a plur­al­ity of 44 per­cent to 38 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to a new CN­BC poll of 800 people around the coun­try.

Yet as re­cently as Sunday, Cruz was mak­ing the pop­ular­ity case on na­tion­al air­waves. “Amer­ic­ans trust Re­pub­lic­ans more than Demo­crats on health care,” he told Chris Wal­lace on Fox News this week­end. “The whole reas­on why,” he ad­ded, “is be­cause we’ve been stand­ing up, lead­ing the fight to de­fund Obama­care.”

There are vari­ations in sur­vey res­ults. A poll con­duc­ted by Rasmussen earli­er this month in­dic­ated that 51 per­cent fa­vor gov­ern­ment shut­down un­til Con­gress cuts health care fund­ing. But as shut­down looms, that res­ult is sound­ing in­creas­ingly off.

The CN­BC poll found that op­pos­i­tion to de­fund­ing Obama­care in­creases sharply when the is­sue of shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment is in­cluded. And a poll con­duc­ted by Dav­id Win­ston, the House GOP lead­er­ship’s poll­ster, found a full 71 per­cent of re­spond­ents op­pose “shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment as a way to de­fund the pres­id­ent’s health care law.” The ap­prov­al num­bers? Twenty-three per­cent.

What’s more, Win­ston told The Wash­ing­ton Post, in his sur­vey, even the Re­pub­lic­ans say shut­down is a bad idea, 53 per­cent to 37 per­cent.

Can’t let facts get in the way of a good talk­ing point.

What We're Following See More »
DEMOCRATS WILL INTRODUCE RESOLUTION ON FRIDAY
Pelosi Pushing Legislation to End National Emergency
9 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi is throwing her muscle behind a legislative effort to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, the first formal step to counter Trump and squeeze Republicans on the border wall. Democrats will introduce legislation Friday to terminate the emergency proclamation and Pelosi is urging House colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support the resolution, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO on Wednesday."

Source:
IT IS A PUBLIC HEARING
Cohen Testifying at House Oversight Feb. 27
11 hours ago
THE LATEST
AVOIDS SHUTDOWN WITH A FEW HOURS TO SPARE
Trump Signs Border Deal
5 days ago
THE LATEST

"President Trump signed a sweeping spending bill Friday afternoon, averting another partial government shutdown. The action came after Trump had declared a national emergency in a move designed to circumvent Congress and build additional barriers at the southern border, where he said the United States faces 'an invasion of our country.'"

Source:
REDIRECTS $8 BILLION
Trump Declares National Emergency
5 days ago
THE DETAILS

"President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency on the southern border and immediately direct $8 billion to construct or repair as many as 234 miles of a border barrier. The move — which is sure to invite vigorous legal challenges from activists and government officials — comes after Trump failed to get the $5.7 billion he was seeking from lawmakers. Instead, Trump agreed to sign a deal that included just $1.375 for border security."

Source:
COULD SOW DIVISION AMONG REPUBLICANS
House Will Condemn Emergency Declaration
5 days ago
THE DETAILS

"House Democrats are gearing up to pass a joint resolution disapproving of President Trump’s emergency declaration to build his U.S.-Mexico border wall, a move that will force Senate Republicans to vote on a contentious issue that divides their party. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Thursday evening in an interview with The Washington Post that the House would take up the resolution in the coming days or weeks. The measure is expected to easily clear the Democratic-led House, and because it would be privileged, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be forced to put the resolution to a vote that he could lose."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login