Ted Cruz admits Americans will like Obamacare

When you cut through the presidential-hopeful-pandering side of Ted Cruz’ faux filibuster of Obamacare that’s currently taking place live on the US Senate floor, you come to the conclusion that the man thinks the greatest risk from Obamacare is that the public might actually like it.

That’s why Cruz recently read Dr. Seuss’ story, “Green Eggs and Ham” during the filibuster (see video below).  He knows the story ends with Sam liking green eggs and ham.  But to Cruz this isn’t a contradiction.  It’s his main point.


Ted Cruz, like a lot of Republicans, is afraid that Americans might actually like Obamacare.

And Cruz is trying to stop the program before it begins to be fully implemented in one week.

That’s why Republicans won’t simply let health care reform move forward, and if people don’t like it, repeal it.  They need to repeal it now because they know people might actually end up liking it. And then, as Cruz notes below, it will be impossible to repeal.

As Tommy Christopher over at Mediaite noted, Cruz has made a similar point before in a July interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity:

Right before he bragged that he isn’t “housetrained,” Cruz laid out the Green Eggs and Ham scenario, telling Hannity “If we don’t do it (defund Obacare) now, in all likelihood, Obamacare will never, ever be repealed. Why is that? Because on January 1, the exchanges kick in, the subsidies kick in,” and added that “their plan is to get the American people addicted to the sugar, addicted to the subsidies, and once that happens, in all likelihood, it never gets…”

“It’s over,” Hannity cut in, “it never gets repealed.”

And there’s the rub.

If the Affordable Care Act were the disaster that Republicans claim it is, then it would be easy to repeal. Americans would be clamoring for its repeal. But they’re not, because it’s not a disaster yet.  And as Ted Cruz, and even Sean Hannity admit, once Obamacare is fully implemented, more than enough Americans are going to like it, and that’s going to ensure that Obamacare is never repealed.

And even Cruz’ specific argument about the “subsidies” buying people off contradicts the standard GOP talking points.  I thought we were told the subsidies wouldn’t be enough?  And that prices for health insurance would go through the roof.  And that people would lose their health insurance at their current employer.  If all of that were going to happen, people would gladly demand that Obamacare be repealed.  The only way Ted Cruz’ fears come true, the only way that the American people refuse to support a repeal of Obamacare, is if Obamacare actually works.

And that is the Republican party’s greatest fear.

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84 Responses to “Ted Cruz admits Americans will like Obamacare”

  1. Wayne Francis says:

    $600 a month? For a bronze plan? A Bronze plan for a family in NC is $750-800 a month and that is if you get no rebate from the government. Single cover for someone 50 is about $400 a month. So I have to assume you have a family…you earn more then $150k a year and some how had your family insured for less then $150/month before this. I think something is missing and I think that something is the complete truth from you.

  2. Naja pallida says:

    You’ll get no argument from me there. Having lived in countries with single payer, and hybrid systems, they are both infinitely better than what we have available to the general public in the US. And our most successful, most cost effective, and most liked health care systems here are Medicare and the Veterans Administration. Yet, any time single-payer is brought up, they trot out the horrible socialism canard and a majority of people would prefer to continue to live in a country where corporations get to decide if your life is cost-effective enough to save.

  3. JohnMarcotte says:

    This is an argument for single-payer, not an argument against Obamacare, which is better than the nothing the GOP has to offer.

  4. mateo says:

    because the “exemptions” exist only in the imagination of Rush Limbaugh and the brainwashed idiots that believe his lies.

  5. Brian wright says:

    Mine almost tripled with the bronze plan here in NC. I’m glad it worked out for some of you. But less be honest. What does government do well. Really if your on the left or right. That don’t do anything well. Yes their should be something for per exciting conditions but if people don’t make healthcare their on personal goal. The government forcing them isn’t going to work well. Good luck to you but I’m 600 bucks a month less wealthy for this whole ordeal.

  6. Fedup American says:

    If it is so great, why did Obama offer, big companies, the unions, the the congress exemptions, but when it comes to the average American, we can’t get exemptions. If it is so great, why after 3 yrs. are they still trying to sell it to the American people? Dems. did a pathetic job of explaining Obamacare because if they told you what was in it, you wouldn’t want it!! Duh!

  7. 1Smith1 says:

    “As long as he isn’t Mexican….”

    or black or a Democrat.

  8. Naja pallida says:

    A godsend for those people who have already been punished, but if you starve a man and then throw him a moldy crust of bread, that may be seen as a godsend too. Not so much a godsend when we start comparing it to other nations with better health care outcomes for all income brackets, and higher life expectancy rates.

  9. Naja pallida says:

    Definitely more fascist than anarchist, because he only wants to do “nothing” or considers obstruction a valid form of governing when he and his ilk do not have control. If he had control, it would be no holds barred corporate authoritarian control.

  10. Badgerite says:

    Ah! I would bet there were quite a few good candidates from those ‘Let’em die” rallies the GOP had in 2008 and beyond.


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  13. boltsfan21 says:

    You couldn’t be more wrong. That $600 or $728 per month you claim are exorbitant? They sound heavenly to me. My rate on the CA exchange is going to be about $1,000 a month, which is still only ABOUT HALF OF THE $1,928 A MONTH I CURRENTLY HAVE TO PAY. For those of us who are middle-aged and have families, which almost always means some sort of pre-existing condition or risk factor, and who have been buying individual insurance for years because we don’t have the traditional 9-to-5 at a big company, those “exorbitant” rates you’re decrying are a godsend.

  14. Naja pallida says:

    I don’t think so, but it would be mildly amusing if he was.

  15. Indigo says:

    I volunteered to serve on a death panel but no one ever called.

  16. Indigo says:

    You mean . . . Ted’s a bastard? Oh, myyy!

  17. Naja pallida says:

    I think there’s also a requirement in there somewhere that the parents have to be married at the time of the birth, too.

  18. Whitewitch says:

    As always Houndentenor – perfect!!!

  19. Indigo says:

    I did not know that.

  20. arcadesproject says:

    How about $600 per month? Or $728 per month? Those are two other figures I saw. Premium depends on your age and where you live. Some of them are exorbitant. Then you start adding in co-pays, the people are effectively uninsured.

  21. Houndentenor says:

    A gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. Millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions already love Obamacare. Many more when they can buy insurance on the exchanges because (as most Americans seem woefully ignorant) it is far more expensive to buy health insurance outside of a group plan (like you get when you get it through your employer). As much as I want to blame Republicans for the mess of spreading lies about ACA, Democrats did a pathetic job of explaining it when it was up for a vote and never bothered to follow up afterwards. The messaging was confusing and contradictory making them easy targets in a 24 hour news cycle of right wing propaganda. One day the Democrats will get their act together. I should live that long.

  22. Ford Prefect says:

    Some libraries have it. It’s like 20 CDs or something–it’s quite old.

  23. ezpz says:

    Thanks. I see it’s available at Amazon – used, of course, starting at $568.91!


    Sorry for the ot. Hope I didn’t hijack this thread away from its topic.

  24. Ford Prefect says:

    Actually, it was originally written for BBC radio and performed that way. If you can find the radio production, it’s awesome. Otherwise, the books are second best. I agree with Becca the BBC TV version is vastly better than the movie, replete with cheesy FX that are quaintly funny now, but it’s still second-rate compared to the radio version.

  25. FUFatherEisenman says:

    $186 a month for healthcare? Hell yes I’m going to like it.

  26. ezpz says:

    Thanks. I’ll do that.
    IIRC, I think I tried to watch the movie, but it didn’t at all grab me, so I stopped it in the very beginning.

  27. BeccaM says:

    My advice: Skip the movie. Watch the BBC series (the one with Simon Jones as Arthur Dent). Then read the books.

    The movie was quite dreadful.

  28. ezpz says:

    Yes. Thank you.
    Of course, had I read the book, or seen the series or the movie, I would have known that. Obviously, I didn’t. I know that those who have seen it absolutely love it, so maybe it’s time…

  29. BeccaM says:

    Just read the Wikipedia summary and save yourself the brain damage.

  30. BeccaM says:

    No such luck, I imagine.

  31. BeccaM says:

    Nope, not the only one. The similarities go beyond physical resemblance. He’s railing against PPACA now, but when he first arrived in the Senate, he went on xenophobic jeremiads against Muslims on a regular basis.

  32. BeccaM says:

    The sign-ups begin next Tuesday. The actual insurance coverage isn’t scheduled to kick in until January 1st.

  33. BeccaM says:

    He is. Also.

    He supposedly picked the name because he wanted something very common, but didn’t realize the car wasn’t a person’s name.

  34. BeccaM says:

    PPACA may have been based on GOP proposals, but I think they never had any intention of passing them in the first place, else they would’ve tried.

    Like many politicians — on both sides of the aisle — they like to make proposals and submit bills not because they believe the measures have a snowball’s chance in hell of passing and becoming law, but merely to play to the loyal base.

    But the Republicans are even more beholden to the health insurance industry than the Dems, and so would never have agreed to the pre-existing condition rule, removing lifetime caps, guaranteed issue, or (most of all) the 80% medical cost rule. As for the subsidies, they wouldn’t have been half as generous, and probably would’ve come laden with all kinds of restrictions. Plus of course, they’d have likely stuck a total ban on contraceptive coverage in there.

  35. Naja pallida says:

    Having an American mother, as long as she lived in the US for at least five years after the age of 14, qualifies him as a ‘natural-born citizen’ no matter where he was actually hatched. As long as he isn’t Mexican.

  36. Naja pallida says:

    There is no such thing as a more rational Senator from Texas. The Senator Cruz replaced was the queen of pork. She did nothing during her tenure in the Senate except soak up tax payer dollars for Texas – and then complain about spending. Cruz’s senior Senator is a corporate stooge, who is completely incapable of doing anything that Mitch McConnell didn’t spell out for him in large block letters. He’s supposed to have the job of getting Republicans elected to the Senate, but hasn’t done a very good job at it.

  37. BeccaM says:

    The GOPers sat it out because they never wanted health insurance reform of any kind.

  38. BeccaM says:

    Or, as a non-xenophobe who is abstaining from trying and failing to be witty would say it:
    “El punto de inflexión.”

  39. ezpz says:

    “Bernie Sander’s historic filibuster” was not a real filibuster either.

    Just saying…


  40. Whitewitch says:

    I would not touch him with a 20-foot pole that is for sure!

  41. Whitewitch says:

    Very good Myrddin

  42. MyrddinWilt says:

    “I do not like it on a train, I do not like a healthy brain”

  43. karmanot says:

    He oozes and radiates evil.

  44. karmanot says:


  45. karmanot says:

    Blue points down the hatch!

  46. karmanot says:

    Cruz did not filibuster. There was no law on the floor. It was a complete sham. He probably based his nonsense on Bernie Sander’s historic filibuster of a few years ago. Cruz is a dangerous man, a brilliant sociopath bent on destroying democratic government.

  47. karmanot says:

    It is essential to look at Cruz for what he is: both a fascist and an anarchist, who despises democratic government, and holds nothing but contempt for the America electorate. He slithers out of Texas to destroy government, not to legislate. He is a type of neo-war lord, akin to Joseph McCarthy, Prescot Bush and his ilk.

  48. Bomer says:

    I refuse to watch the video. I have fond memories of reading that to my nephew when he was small (I did different voices and everything) and have no desire to have that book ruined for me.

  49. FLL says:

    Do people in the media, including bloggers, waste their time in attacking far-right critics of any government involvement in health care? Does that amount to a silly distraction? It all depends on who the far-right critic is. If it’s some fundamentalist preacher in Jeebustown, Mississippi or a self-described pundit on World Net Daily, then I would agree that focusing on that sort of moron is a waste of time. Ted Cruz, however, is the U.S. senator from Texas, and criticizing the events that are happening on the floor of the U.S. Senate is hardly a silly distraction or waste of time. Blithely dismissing Ted Cruz as not worthy of attention doesn’t detract from the fact that he holds a position of power and influence in this country. I have a better idea (apologies to that auto manufacturer). How about some ideas to replace Ted Cruz with a more progressive, or at least rational, senator from Texas? Of course, that would involve Mexican-American voters, or what Ann Coulter wittily refers to as “El Tipping Pointo.” (Here is a link to her little tome.) Mexican-American voters, who would no doubt vote for Cruz’s opponent, are notoriously averse to voting for third-party candidates who have no chance of winning. Any thoughts on “El Tipping Pointo”?

  50. Ford Prefect says:

    Yes. Ford’s real name was impossible for earthlings, so he named himself after the car. So it’s both, really.

  51. ezpz says:

    I may have replied in the wrong spot…

    Isn’t Ford Prefect a character in Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy?

  52. ezpz says:

    Oh, and I thought Ford Prefect was the character in Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

  53. Ford Prefect says:

    If you can get through that speech in the later part that goes on for like 40 pages, you deserve a medal. Atlas Wanked is probably the most depraved thing I’ve ever read and that was in high school. Thankfully, I can’t remember most of it now. Time does heal……

  54. Indigo says:

    The foreign born can be elected to Congress but not to the Presidency. Or so they taught us in grade school back in the 1940s.

  55. Indigo says:

    Don’t do it, it’s hurtful. You’ll be sorry if you do but not until you finish it although by then it’ll be too late. Worse yet, you’ll be able to answer the Evil One’s hateful taunting question, Who is John Galt? You don’t want to know.

  56. Monoceros Forth says:

    I actually sort of hope they actually finish that gawdawful Atlas Shrugged series of movies. That way, one night my mate and I can get smashed or stoned or whatever and just watch them in a marathon and feel like we’ve earned the privilege of never having to read the actual books.

  57. emjayay says:

    Someday I really have to read that thing no matter how painful.

  58. emjayay says:

    No, Chris Matthews talks about it, along with him being similar in most other ways, all the time. Like yesterday.

  59. emjayay says:

    Ford Prefect

  60. Ford Prefect says:

    Correct on all counts! As long as there are oysters, it can start whenever.

  61. Monoceros Forth says:

    January, October, they’ve both got “R” in them. You can eat oysters during both. (If you’re barmy enough to enjoy eating oysters.)

  62. Badgerite says:

    Remember how they harped on ‘death panels’, etc during the 2010 midterms. When people find out how good this law really is and how much better the healthcare system will work for Americans under this law, it will be rather clear how much the public was lied to by the GOP. Well, at least clear to anyone who actually pays attention.

  63. Ford Prefect says:

    (waving arm) I know! I know! Goldman Sachs wife?!

  64. Ford Prefect says:

    You’re very kind. Thank you.

  65. caphillprof says:

    Does an American mother, or a Cuban father, help Canadian-born Cruz circumvent the natural-born requirement of Section 1 Article 2? Or is it the Goldman Sachs wife?

  66. ArthurH says:

    It would have been more appropriate for Cruz to have ead another Dr. Seuss book, “Batholomew and the Oobleck.” The rain of sticky stuff that brought the kingdom to a halt is more in line with what Tea Baggers like Cruz are trying to do to Congress.

  67. caphillprof says:

    What I relish most about the current situation is that Republicans basically sat out the Obamacare negotiations in the House and in the Senate, they let alleged Democrats negotiate with one another. Had the Congress functioned as designed, they should now be happy with National Healthcare. Their preference for campaigning over governing doesn’t work so well.

  68. fletcher says:

    The rightwing radio talkers compared Cruz to the character in the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” But Smith’s filibuster was to protect something that would benefit the public against a rich corporatist. But Cruz was filibustering to eliminate something (affordable health care) that benefits the public at the bidding of the rich corporations. One thing that mirrors today’s situation is how the corporations ran a campaign of lies during the filibuster, but it was to back the anti-public senator instead of a pro-public senator. A movie about Cruz would (if we had a strong truth-in-advertising law) be called “Mr. Shit Goes to Washington.”

  69. fletcher says:

    At least he didn’t read “Atlas Shrugged.” Before he got to page 50 the filibuster would have been broken on a near unanimous vote.

  70. Whitewitch says:

    No you are not alone in that thought – he has that “spirit vibe” Could he be a reincarnation? Let us hope not.

  71. Whitewitch says:

    I am beginning to really like you Ford Perfect! Well said, very well said.

  72. Whitewitch says:

    Rats! Now I will never get to enjoy Green Eggs n Ham again…it was one of my favorites…listening to Cruz read it though ruined it for me…bummer.

    As for the ACA, we will see who likes it and who does not. We will have to see how the game plays out. On my part, I am worried about people who must purchase insurance – choosing between rent, food, insurance and shoes for the kids. I hope the subsidies are enough…me I have insurance through work so I am okay – it is the women who are now like I was when my son was young…when having to purchase insurance would have meant a choice that is not easy to make.

    Here is hoping that all is well and it works.

  73. Naja pallida says:

    The only reason why Republicans want to do damage to the Affordable Care Act is precisely because they fear people will like it. They’re pissed off that a Republican idea was implemented by a Democratic Congress and a Democratic President (and a black one to boot!), and that it makes them look like total fools. They could have done it themselves during the Bush years, and reaped all the political benefit for a generation. But now, even though it was a Republican idea, now, no matter what they do, they can’t ever reap any of the political benefit… so their only other option is to tear it down. Of course, being their idea, they know how ineffective the bill was intended to be in actually broadening access to health care, and lowering costs. So they figured it was bound to fail, and decided their best option was to tie it around Obama’s neck immediately. Then lie about it. Then rant about it. Then cry about it. Now, by tying defunding attempts to other important bills, it is as close to a Republican ever gets to negotiating. Maybe by this time next year, they’ll finally have hit acceptance.

    All Ted Cruz has done is piss off his own party leadership, and make himself look like an idiot to anyone paying attention, and look like some kind of hero to the ignorant, as nothing he did would have ever had any impact on Obamacare. He was lying so much and so hard, he had to take breaks.

  74. S1AMER says:

    He doesn’t need booze — he’s already drunk on his own ego.

  75. Ford Prefect says:

    The “exchanges” are supposed to launch 1 October this year.

  76. Ford Prefect says:

    Well, if the extraordinary idiot Ted Cruz thinks Americans will enjoy being ripped off by insurance companies AND denied healthcare at the same time, then it has to be true, right?

    Without Republicans making complete asses out of themselves over PPACA, the administration and elite Democrats more broadly would have a very difficult time explaining their handiwork. The fact that Ted Cruz is doing more to help Democrats than anyone else in Washington at the moment is quite impressive, in a sad sort of way. One minute, we can laugh at his often barbaric stupidity. The next we can say things like, “He really thinks Americans are going to like it!” This is a gift that keeps on giving, ad infinitum.

    People like Ted Cruz are crucial to the Democratic Party. That way, we can point fingers at the moron du jour, instead of adopting a critical gaze at our own corrupt leadership. That’s why 95% of MSNBC’s content not involving creepy prison reruns is framed this way. When he reverts back to bigotry, foreign policy idiocy or some such nonsense, we can pillory him again.

  77. S1AMER says:

    Actually, there’s been a side-by-side image of the two floating around for a few months. Yes, indeed, there is a strong physical resemblance.

  78. Monoceros Forth says:

    Think Cruz is a hopeless alcoholic as well? :p

  79. Monoceros Forth says:

    [Sen. Cruz said,] “If we don’t do it (defund Obacare) now, in all likelihood, Obamacare
    will never, ever be repealed. Why is that? Because on January 1, the
    exchanges kick in, the subsidies kick in,” and added that “their plan is
    to get the American people addicted to the sugar, addicted to the

    Yeah, that really does give the game away. For all of Sen. Cruz’s pretence that he cares about the working-class citizens who are going to lose their hours or their jobs because their employers will be forced to buy them health insurance, what it comes down to is this: the American people need to be deprived of health care for their own good. Otherwise it’ll be like the first taste of heroin; they’ll just want more and more.

    I’m not sure this stunt of Sen. Cruz’s has worked out quite the way he hoped. I daresay he hoped it would be his big, break-out moment. He’s looking ahead to bigger political ambitions and he needs to make himself a household name. I suppose he’s succeeded, kind of, if it is indeed true that any publicity is good publicity. But most of the stories I’ve seen about Cruz’s quasi-filibuster talk about how he’s “isolated”. He’s not being described as a hero; he’s being described as an obstacle.

  80. jomicur says:

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy looks like a young Joe McCarthy? (And I’d guess the resemblance isn’t just physical.)

  81. skwcw2001 says:

    there is something off about that fella

  82. emjayay says:

    OK, I skipped most of it. His reading is annoying – actually his voice is annoying in any context. Anyway, like all of Dr. Suess, the message is a liberal one. Be open minded. Try things. See what you think. The opposite of right wing Republicanism. Why ever did he read it? Why does he like it so much? It makes no sense.

  83. S1AMER says:

    I’d say there’s a chance Cruz’s absurd recitation of “Green Eggs and Ham,” a wonderful book this supposedly (per the Villagers) very smart man did not understand, could go down as one of the biggest political blunders of our era (a period noted for blunders).

    Good! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving person!

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