There’s a reason why all the candidates we interview for 2014 say they want to be like Ted Cruz. All Republicans talk a good game about conservative policy, but few of them have the gumption to fight for it. While Republicans like Mitch McConnell will rail against Obamacare, and even create a photo op with the tower of regulations, most of them have voted to fund the beast through the appropriations process. Ted Cruz, on the other hand is leading the fight to defund it.
Earlier today, Ted Cruz introduced a bill to defund Obamacare and issued the following statement:
“Consistent with my long-standing position that no continuing resolution or other appropriations measure should fund Obamacare, I am introducing a bill to permanently defund the law.
The Administration’s recent announcement to delay the onerous and unpopular employer mandate until after the 2014 election, coupled with its announcement to delay income and health status eligibility requirements in favor of an honor system for the most expensive entitlement for our generation, confirms what has been obvious from the start—this law is a colossal mistake.
Yesterday, all 46 Senate Republicans called on President Obama to permanently delay the law. This legislation would guarantee that result by ensuring not one more taxpayer dime is wasted in its establishment.
House Republican leadership is resorting to optics and messaging by pushing for a vote to repeal only the individual mandate. None of this will ever pass the Senate, so the only way to halt implementation is by refusing to vote for any bill that doesn’t contain a rider defunding Obamacare through the IRS and HHS. Moreover, half-baked measures will only provide cover to Democrats for retaining the remainder of the law, as Cruz notes in his statement:
Delaying only one aspect of this tangled mess leaves Americans holding the tab for an irreparably broken law they do not support. Moreover, it leaves in motion many of the most egregious parts of the law, ensuring they will take root in just a few short months. This is untenable.
Ted Cruz is laying the ground for the only consequential means of killing Obamacare – at least until we take over all branches of government. Do you stand with Ted?
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