Ted Cruz likes to use any microphone or television camera he’s presented with as a platform to bash the Affordable Care Act. I honestly can’t recall the last interview I’ve seen him give, or speech he’s given, where he didn’t obsess about “repealing Obamacare.”
And while it’s easy to bash the healthcare law — or in the case of Ted Cruz, just blatantly lie about it — it’s a lot harder to name an alternative solution. Which is probably why 3 1/2 years later, Republicans have yet to do just that.
Well, during an interview on CNN with Chris Cuomo, Ted Cruz was asked what his alternative to “Obamacare” was exactly:
CUOMO: What do you say to them, Senator? When they say, “Please help me”, what is the fix that you offer them? I looked at the list of bills that you’ve sponsored. There’s not one that offers a solution to the current problems with health care except to get rid of the existing law. Is that enough?
CRUZ: Well, that’s the only solution that will work. All of these Band-Aid fixes that the president is pushing, the congressional Democrats are pushing won’t fix the problem. Every one of those bills, they have great titles, like “if you like your plan you can really, really, really keep them”, but if they were passed into law, it wouldn’t fix the problem for the 5 million people who have lost their health insurance, they wouldn’t get it back.
CUOMO: You don’t think you have a responsibility as a U.S. senator to do better than that in terms of offering a solution for what to do next?
CRUZ: Well, I appreciate your trying to lecture me in the morning. Thank you for that.
Cuomo: Not at all, Senator. I’m worried, the same as you. Anybody who looks at the situation has worries. Families need health insurance.
CRUZ: Sir, if you’re worried, did you speak out for the five million people who’ve lost their health insurance? Did you speak out…?
CUOMO: We’ve been covering it doggedly and I’m sure you watch the show. The problem is I don’t have the power to fix it. You do. That’s what a U.S. Senator does. You sponsor law. You know this. It’s not a lecture, it’s a concern. I’m asking what are you going to do about it?
CRUZ: Well, and I share that concern and have every day been working to highlight the millions of people who have lost their job because of Obamacare, the millions of people who have been forced into part-time work. There are single moms, there are young people, Hispanics, African Americans, people struggling who are now on part-time work. You can’t feed your kids with 29 hours a week. There’s over five million people who have lost their health insurance and the way to fix that is to stop this broken law.
First, I love how Ted Cruz never once offered an alternative outside of “repeal it,” claiming that’s the “only solution that will work.” The closest thing to a “plan” he really offered during the whole interview was allowing people to buy insurance across state borders. Yes, that’s really plausible.
Then I love how he seems unable to step away from the “5 million Americans” talking point, while completely ignoring the fact that millions of Americans were already denied insurance before the Affordable Care Act.
Oh, and people aren’t “losing” their health insurance. These people who’ve had their plans cancelled are simply being forced to buy new insurance plans. What, were many Americans not having their health insurance cancelled each year before “Obamacare?”
We also can’t forget the “millions” of people who have lost their job because of “Obamacare.” Funny, the nearly 8 million private-sector jobs we’ve created since the healthcare law was passed would say otherwise. His statement also has exactly zero evidence to support it. It’s just another right-wing talking point.
Then he has the nerve to talk about people being forced into part-time employment being caused by the health care law? Please. That’s on big business and greedy corporations. These companies were already gutting full-time positions long before “Obamacare.” They’re just using the healthcare law as a convenient excuse to do what they were already planning on doing.
I absolutely love how he threw out the “young people, Hispanics and African Americans” line. A blatant attempt to try to fear monger about the struggles of those who fall within the demographics Republicans usually lose come election time.
Cruz is nothing more than a robotic politician. Everything he says seems like it was taken directly from flash cards that were prepared and written by the tea party.
And even after all his fear mongering, lies and propaganda—he still couldn’t offer a single alternative for the healthcare law he has spent nearly his entire time in the United States Senate opposing.
But when it’s all said and done, he can whine about “Obamacare” all he wants — Ted Cruz has absolutely no answers to fix the issues that have plagued our health care system for years. And while the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, it’s at least a starting point to better health coverage for all Americans.