Sen. Ted Cruz Explains Why He Doesn’t Regret the Defund Obamacare Effort

On Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 94% told ABC’s Jonathon Karl why he doesn’t regret the defund Obamacare effort and why it was President Obama and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% that shut down the government, not Republicans who tried to give the American people from the train wreck that is Obamacare.  That’s what the defund Obamacare effort was all about.  No conservative ever advocated for a government shutdown.  Instead, conservatives were calling to fully fund the government but defund Obamacare.  The Democrats refused to negotiate.

If we were to compile a list of all the news articles discussing what an Obamacare debacle has been, it would be very, very long… and very depressing.  As conservatives, we can at least look back to the months leading up to the Obamacare and HealthCare.gov rollout, and say we tried to stop it before it was too late.  Now, undoing Obamacare’s damage will be much more challenging, but we won’t stop until Obamacare has been repealed and replaced with market-based healthcare.

 

 

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Sentinel Story: “Affordable Care Act, That’s a Misnomer If I Ever Heard One”

Our first reaction when we got the letter: I was so enraged and so was Jim.  And we had to just step back from it and just process it and look at what’s really going on in this country.  – Vicki White, Alabama

After nearly 10 years with the individual “blue” plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, with a premium of $402 per month and a $5,000 out of pocket deductible, Vicki and Jim White received a letter in the mail that infuriated them.  They are a hardworking, responsible, healthy couple, so they chose a health insurance plan with a higher deductible, and were putting money in a health savings account. 

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The Harsh Realities of Obamacare

The headlines demonstrating the devastating impact of Obamacare continue to pile up.  The stories are starting to get old, and this is just the beginning.

Americans will begin to see the quality of care decrease, they’ll get fewer choices, and they may lose access to the doctors of their choice.

Amazingly, President Obama and the Obama Administration continue to cheer lead for the failed law. 

Have they read the headlines lately?

Alabama Family’s Premiums Skyrocketing By Nearly 300% Due To Obamacare
Woman Abandons Health Insurance Due To High Costs
Budget busting health insurance increases anger, trouble North Carolinians

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No, Nancy Pelosi, Obamacare Is Not What the Founders Had In Mind

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 14% thinks Obamacare is a “dream come true” and that Obamacare is the reason people in America can now fully realize “the promise of our Founders of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This comes from the same lady who said “we need to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it.”  Heritage explains the true meaning of that infamous remark:

When Nancy Pelosi famously declared that we would have to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (popularly known as“Obamacare”) so that we could find out what is in it, she was not referring to the length of the bill. Rather, she was referring to the fact that most of the laws—such as the infamous Health and Human Services (HHS) requirement that all insurance providers cover contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization—would be made by HHS, not found in the statute that Congress was passing.

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Shutdown, Obamacare, and Default

Washington is in the midst of a critical debate over the future of Obamacare – a debate so critical President Obama and Harry Reid were willing to shutdown the government for fear the debate would lead to the unraveling of their unworkable law.  At the same time, discussions about the debt limit are taking place.

The Heritage Foundation and other conservatives have explained that U.S. has much more tax revenue coming in on a daily basis than it has to pay each day on interest payments; this means the U.S. has the financial means to cover its debt obligations without incurring more debt.  Heritage notes:

The Obama Administration argues that failure to raise the debt limit would lead to a default on federal debts, causing unacceptable harm to the economy. But the President has ample discretion to prioritize debt payments and avoid default. The President has failed to address the more fundamental risk of default: unconstrained increases in entitlement spending.

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