Cruz: End Obamacare Before President’s Delaying Tactic Makes Repeal Impossible

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is sounding an alarm over President Barack Obama’s real intentions in delaying the tiered implementation of his signature first-term accomplishment – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In a Breitbart interview, Cruz cautions that Obamacare will soon be inextricably rooted in America’s bureaucratic structure – if the President continues to stagger portions of its implementation while Congressional Republicans sit on the sidelines.

“It is why, hand in hand with delaying the employer mandate for big corporations, the Obama administration announced it wasn’t going to enforce the eligibility requirements for the subsidies,” he said. “It’s essentially encouraging liar loans; encouraging fraud for people who come forward and say, ‘I qualify for a subsidy,’ and the Obama administration saying, ‘we’re not going to check on anything, we’re just going to take your word for it and grant you the subsidy.’ That is all Chicago-style politics designed to buy as many votes as possible. It is why the fight is now or never.”

According to Cruz, defunding Obamacare as Congress begins its evergreen fight over government spending this September represents the best opportunity opponents will have to ensure the law never gets out of the starting gate – because once it does, he argues, it’ll never be reined in.

“Right now is, in my view, our single best opportunity to defeat Obamacare and it may well be out last opportunity,” he told conservative radio host Dana Loesch Monday. “We have our best opportunity to do so on September 30th; the continuing resolution which funds the federal government it expires on September 30th and that’s the best opportunity…

“The Obama Administration’s plan is to get to January 1st. Because on Jan 1st, the exchanges start; the subsidies start. And their plan is to get everyone addicted to the sugar, addicted to the subsidies and look, in the modern age, there has been no major entitlement plan that’s been enacted that’s ever been repealed. So this is our last chance to take on Obamacare. And every one of those Republicans who says ‘let’s not fight on the continuing resolution’ – what they’re really saying is ‘we should surrender to Obamacare being a permanent feature of our economy.’”

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • SWright200

    Do everything possible….stop, delay, stall….I really don’t care….

    • Amfer Ferg

      Sen. Cruz, do whatever is necessary to totally DEFUND this debacle. We will help you – tell us what you need and we’ll do it. SWright 200, I think this is what you meant…..and I agree!

  • William James Ward

    The screw is already in and it is just around the corner when it
    will be turned right through the top of our heads. The government
    of Democrats and Republicans will use it to enslave America
    and cause untold misery and destruction in our economy. If only
    there were more people like Cruz but then there has to be a few
    if only to give us some hope and keep America from rising up
    in arms due to hopelessness…………………William

  • Diane Ringen

    I will help do what is legally necessary and possible to save our country from destruction.

    • Robbie

      And what might that be exactly?

      • Diane Ringen

        If any of us knew exactly what that was, wouldn’t we have done it already? I believe that after reading The Harbinger and considering what I currently know about the Bible our country needs to draw back to the principles upon which our country was founded. We need to get back to God. Abortion alone is destroying us. Part of why God destroyed ancient Israel was because they slaughtered and sacrificed thousands of babies and children. Compare that to the millions of abortions here. The Assyrians were the ones who invaded Israel. The men who carried out the 9/11 bombings were descendants of the Assyrians.

        • Robbie

          Sorry, I thought that when you stated you would do what is necessary “to save our country from destruction” that you could come up with an example of what that would be. Anyway you might want to reconsider drawing “back to the principles upon which our country was founded” because, in case you didn’t know women – such as yourself – were not allowed to vote or hold public office and would have had a lot of difficulty in the job market and a lot of other restrictions. Those/ things values would probably put a crimp in your style today if we brought them back. Also slavery was not only permitted it was encouraged and several of the Founders were slave owners. Sometimes the good old days were not all that great.

          • Diane Ringen

            You make some valid points, perhaps I should have said get back to some of the principles. I am a retired teacher. The more God has been removed from schools, the more violent they have become. The more God has been removed from our society, the more violent society has become. We need to get back to those principles. The U.S. prospered, flourished, and was surrounded by God’s hedge of protection, until recently. You didn’t comment on the destruction of ancient Israel. Are you well read with the Bible? Have you read The Harbinger? I expect you would ask, what does the destruction of ancient Israel have to do with the United States today?

          • Robbie

            If you actually think that America has become more violent over time and because of the lessening of God in our culture you just might want to check with a history book and then change your mind real fast.

            Back in the day when god was strongest in American society you had the early settlers who immediately set out to devastate the aboriginal cultures. Don’t matter much to us because we’re not Indian. But Indians didn’t think too kindly about those god fearing Americans nor were the Indians that fond of smallpox (a weapon of mass destruction back then). And god was a pretty strong force in American culture when the early Americans would burn wayward women at the stake for looking sideways. Quite an image eh? Do you know what burning skin and bone smells like? Hmmm. And how about them flames as they flare up on the women tied to those pillars. Can you imagine the screaming? Oh for those god fearing days of yore!

            And then you had them godly days of the slave trade! Crack them whips boys and pick that cotton. You’re a slave and it ain’t wrong ’cause there were slaves in the Bible don’t you know? “Do unto Caesar” and all that Bible BS. Crack them whips and rape them negros. And go to church on Sunday. And then the peaceful era of the 1850’s-60’s. Except for a little thing called the Civil War. Brother against brother and cousin against cousin and god was on the side of both (or so each side said). Yup we ain’t seen violence like that in a while. How many Americans were wasted in that non violent dust up? Why more than all Americans altogether killed in every war since!!!

            I could go on and on about them god fearin’ good old days. Well god’s influence isn’t quite as strong today and, frankly, it is actually less violent when you REALLY compare with the past.

            Sure I know a lot about the Bible/Torah. Taught ancient and medieval high school history for 3 decades almost. Some beautiful literature. Some amazing laws. Some beautiful stories and weird ones too like getting swallowed by a great fish and living in the belly for a week and coming out smelling like… well, not roses I wouldn’t think but still alive!. But I sure wouldn’t want to institute all of those laws today. OMG (so to say). Certainly not the one about killing your child if he/she curses you! Sure wouldn’t want (if I was a woman) to marry the man who raped me. Thanks but no thanks.

            Ah, the good old days.

          • Diane Ringen

            I taught Civil War history to 7th graders so yes I am well read with American history. The last figures I have seen on the death tolls of both the North and the South were around 750,000. Compare that to the 50,000,000 babies aborted in the United States since Roe vs. Wade. You could make an argument concerning both World Wars in which we were involved but didn’t start. I don’t believe we wanted to be involved in either. I am sorry you only look at the Bible as literature, and it doesn’t seem you are a God-fearing man. You and I aren’t on the same page at all.

          • Robbie

            It’s tough to fear something that doesn’t exist. The god of the Bible is about as real as, say, Zeus or Annubis or Thor. Or the Tooth Fairy for that matter. The Bible – with the exception of the laws and poetry and literature and the bits of history – is mythology. Man made tales meant to instruct on morality and law and human insight. A good deal of it, however, is pretty nasty and in a number of cases pretty stupid. Over all I would rate it as a B+ and it has been a guiding light in some ways all of my life. The Bible also contains the best speech ever delivered that being the Sermon on the Mount. Would that most Christians actually knew what that speech says and means. If they did America – and a lot of other places – would be very different than they are.

          • Diane Ringen

            Oh! So you are one of those atheists the pope was talking about.

          • Robbie

            You’ll have to fill me in on what the Pope said as I must have missed it. I am certainly an atheist but – as you have seen in my comments – heavily influenced by the Torah/Bible. In a way I’ve been rather unfair to it all – I have taken the very best of the Torah and fashioned my life around it but I’ve cast away the nasty parts and the dumb parts and the silly bits. But, hey, that’s just me. My socialist leanings have made many of the Hebrew Laws appealing and, of course, the Sermon on the Mount fits right in to that as well but killing homosexuals and non virgin girls is a too far over the top for me. As for talking snakes and rising from the dead well I’m just not in to that zombie stuff.

          • Diane Ringen

            Do atheists believe in heaven? Someone asked the pope if atheists could go to heaven. He suggested that yes, if they do enough good works here on earth. That’s not what the Bible says. What does the Bible say? Have you read the Old Testament. Isaiah was a prophet. Please interpret Isaiah 9:10 for me.

          • David Bulinski

            I was raised Roman Catholic for the first quarter of my life. Then I realized the bible was not written by God but by people. People who many times claimed to “hear” God speaking to them, and telling them what to do. In those ancient times what better way to get people to believe you then by saying God spoke to you? The bible is nothing but a collection of ideas, and stories that were written by men to guide, influence, and ultimately control the behavior of people. Some of the stories may be true, but who can say for sure? While the intentions of the story tellers was most likely to teach morals and standards, can you honestly say that every last one of them were not manipulating things to suit their needs? Whos going to break a rule or law supposedly told to a tribal elder by God? If you believe that people are not perfect then you must believe they are fallible. If people are fallible then they can be corrupted. If they are corrupted then their morals mean nothing. People wrote the bible not God. To blindly believe the bible, which has had countless minds and hands passing, interpreting, and most likely changing its verses over the millennia is foolish at best. People are in control of their own destiny and fate, not God. God was not protecting our country. It was men and women who were actually decent people who worked hard and cared what happened to this country, not just how fat their pocketbooks got. The destruction of America will not come by the hand of God or the removal of some unearthly protection. It will come by the hand of politicians and corporations who place more value on money than people or doing what is morally right.

          • Diane Ringen

            You are right, the destruction of America will come at our own hands. Remember, we elect these politicians. America used to prosper but the farther we have fallen from God, the more economic problems we have experienced. Speaking for myself, I in no way feel imprisoned by my beliefs, but more set free. I don’t know who you view Jesus to be, but you can’t deny his existence on the earth. If you study his words he said, “Let the little children come to me.” The Bible also tells us we must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. Innocent and pure.

          • Robbie

            I don’t speak for anyone other than myself. I certainly do not believe in heaven and, in fact, I say with assurance that the concept of heaven is totally made up by people who are – for whatever reasons – afraid to die. They know that they will die and are afraid of that so they have made up this make believe land where you supposedly go and romp around with angels, meet your long gone relatives and have the odd chat with “the big guy”. In actually death is exactly how it was for any individual prior to their conception in the womb. In other word totally zero, nothing, nada. What or where were you before your mother’s egg was fertilized by your father’s sperm? That’s what it shall be after you die. Dust to dust.

            The pope and Isaiah can believe whatever they like. I do a lot of gardening – a 1500 square foot terrace covered with plants and flowers. Every last item from seeds. And year after year I see what happens to them: germination, growth, flowering, fertilization, fading away, seed formation, death. It happens to all animals as well. It is just so clear. Some plants like the Redwoods live a long time as do some of those turtles you hear about. Some creatures a short while like butterflies. Humans generally last 75 years give or take. But the process is identical and unavoidable as as simple and clear as the nose on your face.

            Yes we live on via our children (seeds if you will) but as individuals when we are dead we are dead. Dead and gone. Our bodies simply rot (not even the best coffin will prevent that) and go into the earth. And none of the fantasy stories dreamed up by religion can change that.

            “As the generation of leaves, so is that of man.”

          • Diane Ringen

            I am not a Catholic and my beliefs don’t mirror those of the pope. Perhaps you should care a little more about what Isaiah states in Isaiah 9:10. This verse relates to the destruction of ancient Israel in 732 BC, an actual event, not just a story in a literature book.

          • Robbie

            Is this the verse about bricks falling down and trees being replaced by other trees? And what, pray tell, does this have to do with our topic?

          • Diane Ringen

            My first post was about saving the country from destruction which relates to Isaiah 9:10.

          • Robbie

            My view as you may have picked up by now is that, as Hericlitus noted, “nothing is permanent except change itself”. Like all empires so far the American empire too shall someday fade just as ancient Egypt did and as the empire of Alexander the Great did and as Rome did. Egypt lasted at least 2,500 years and Imperial Rome about 4 centuries so America could still have a good long shelf life. I realize you have a lot of anxiety about this whereas I am pretty optimistic. America has always shown a great deal of resilience and recently has been making a slow but steady recovery from what could have been an economic meltdown some 6 years ago.

            Despite the rise of China that nation is still basically a third world nation and if the U.S. ever got its act together an induced American companies to come back home China would collapse because it is so dependent on manufacturing for the U.S. market.

            My one concern is the ever widening gap between the uber rich who get close to 95% of all American wealth and the vast, vast majority who remain poor or on the edge. It concerns me that the powers that be in Congress (the GOP) will not even agree to raise the minimum wage by .25 cents an hour whilst many CEO of oil companies and others get salaries of literally billions per year. The economy will never make a comeback as long as the ultra rich get continued tax breaks and the working people get barely enough to pay for food and rent. If there is little or no buying power out there no business person is ever going to need to hire extra help.

            There will always be social issues and dramatic differences of opinion on them but the beauty of America is the rule of law that sets out ways of dealing with with them with pretty much zero violence as compared to many other places on earth. So I have a pretty good feeling about the future. Cheers

          • Diane Ringen

            While you had me for a while, you lost me when you seemed to blame the GOP. Both parties are corrupt.

            My oldest son and my oldest brother have both done financially very well, but both are well educated and work their butts off.

            I worked 30 years as a teacher and have a decent teacher retirement, although I am anything but rich. I work as a tailor in a family owned men’s store and part time in a public library as I was a school librarian for 11 years. Obamacare could ruin small businesses as the ones in which I work.

            I have no ill will for any nation on earth as God created us all. We just didn’t happen to be where we are.

            I totally support non-violent solutions to the problems facing nations of the earth.

            May each of us be a light to each other in an otherwise dark world.
            Blessings to you!

          • Robbie

            I mentioned the GOP as being against raising the minimum wage by even .25 cents because the GOP is against raising the minimum wage by even .25 cents. In some states the Republicans are actually in favour of eliminating the minimum wage. This is pure insanity and if ever put in to effect would have working people doing so at Chinese wage levels.

            In any case the Affordable Health Care act will have an overall beneficial effect. It’s not as good ( you would say as bad!) as universal health care up here but it’s a start.

            And blessings to you too. You seem a lovely person. Cheers. R

          • Diane Ringen

            I haven’t read every word of the 1,000 page plus Affordable Care Act, you probably haven’t either. If we did we might find some items we find to be very objectionable.

            I have no problem with any person on earth receiving the medical care they need to be able to be happy, healthy, and able to fulfill the purpose for which they were put here.
            I have much compassion for the world’s poor.
            I also have found your soft spot. In the beginning you displayed a hard shell. I think I may have cracked it.

            As far as being a lovely person, I have endured many hardships to become who I am.

            Blessings and cheers.

          • Robbie

            Have a good evening.

          • Diane Ringen

            You too.

            But I have to add, that there are people everywhere who work their butts off, beat their heads against the wall everyday and are still struggling!

          • Robbie

            You think I don’t know that? And in the meanwhile the CEO’s of the top 100 American companies earn between 15.3 MILLION dollars a year and 131 MILLION dollars. Nice work if you can get it.

            One sad fact about the economy these days is that the gap between the folks at the top and everyone else is actually WIDENING. Something like 98% of the national wealth is controlled by just 2% of the population. And it is the GOP that refused to let your President roll back the Bush tax cuts to that 2% of the population that earn more per year than some earn all their lives. Not only that but the GOP refused to let the president end subsides to big oil. Those oil companies show profits in the billions and actually get tax breaks thanks to the Republicans. But, hey, that’s free enterprise right???

          • Diane Ringen

            My reason for adding such a note was to give credit to my youngest son and youngest brother who are both well educated and work hard but haven’t had the same breaks. And hey, your shell is coming back. :-) Good night! :-)

          • Robbie

            I hear you and I think the facts in my posting before yours are so relevant. Your family members are testimony for the need for a social safety net which includes universal health care so that at the very least everyone gets the basic necessities of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

          • Diane Ringen

            Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, YES! But I fear Obamacare involves much more than just health care. So right now I don’t support it.

          • Robbie

            Well, at least keep an open mind as you seem to be doing. And in the meanwhile 40 million of your fellow citizens will now have the chance to get preventative care which, actually, will save taxpayer money in the end as the ER’s of the country will have less pressure on them. Also insurance companies will no longer be able to tell you your coverage is ending half way through treatment. And insurance companies won’t be allowed any longer to deny overage to kids born with medical problems etc., etc., etc. Look, even Mitt Romney thought universal health care was a good idea in his state and when he was in Israel he proclaimed that they had the very best system in the world (better care and less expensive). Israel even provided dental care for children.

            I know you are afraid of the word socialism. That’s common in the states. Just think of it this way: hospitals and doctors and nurses being like firefighters. When you get into trouble they are there to rescue you and its simply paid for by the entire community. Don’t you have publically funded fire dept. where you live?

          • Diane Ringen

            But you keep talking about health care. I want everyone in the world to be healthy and happy. But until I know what else has been slipped into the bill I must remain Leary. Our fire dept. has been paid for with our taxes. And as far as my having an open mind, you are treading in deep water.

          • Diane Ringen

            But you keep talking about health care. I want everyone in the world to be healthy and happy. But until I know what else has been slipped into the bill I must remain Leary. Our fire dept. has been paid for with our taxes. And as far as my having an open mind, you are treading in deep water.

          • Robbie

            And what might it be that has been “slipped into the bill” that no one has found yet? This bill has been debated for years now, it has been gone over with a fine tooth comb by its critics looking for the most tiny bit of scandal, it has been studied up and down by every group interested in health care. Don’t you think that if anything evil has been slipped in to it the Tea Party folks would have found it by now?

          • Diane Ringen

            And Robbie, some afternoon when you are in the mood to sit down and watch a good movie, let it be The Legend of Bagger Vance, even if you have already seen it.

          • Diane Ringen

            Do atheists believe in heaven? Someone asked the pope if atheists could go to heaven. He suggested that yes, if they do enough good works here on earth. That’s not what the Bible says. What does the Bible say? Have you read the Old Testament. Isaiah was a prophet. Please interpret Isaiah 9:10 for me.

          • Diane Ringen

            To be God-fearing is not used in the same context as to fear other things. I am not afraid of God.

  • Meteorlady

    If this goes into affect we are doomed economically. I will then truly believe that the communists/ Marxist have won this country and it will be time to move on to another country. One that values enterprise and freedom, not what we have now.

    • Ron r

      I remember Reagan saying the same thing about Medicare . How many senior citizens (commie bastards) want to give that up?? BTW is Ted Cruz a real citizen or should he be in Canadian politics?????

      • Meteorlady

        LBJ sold it as revenue neutral. People believed that since they were actually paying for Medicare they would get what they paid for when they were eligible. LBJ also dipped into the SS Trust Fund to make it appear to be revenue neutral.

        Cruz’s mother was a U.S. citizen when he was born so he is a U.S. citizen too regardless of where he was born. As for “natural born citizen”, …..

        “The weight of more recent federal cases, as well as the majority of scholarship on the subject, also indicates that the term ‘natural born citizen’ would most likely include, as well as native born citizens, those born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents, at least one of whom had previously resided in the United States, or those born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent who, prior to the birth, had met the requirements of federal law for physical presence in the country,” wrote Jack Maskell.

        I worked on Ted’s campaign because I met an honest, hard working guy that came across as rational with much common sense. We got him elected not because the Republican party supported him, but because the people support him.

        • Ron r

          Ask an elderly person if they want Vruz messing with Medicare . And LBJ was not the first to dip into SS if he did at all. Hell Bush and the republicans robbed the USPS . As for Cruz , I disagree with his politics but really have no problem with his birth, but I’m sure birthers do. But Obamas mother was also a U.S. citizen also, except to birther nation. Be careful, be very careful..

          • Meteorlady

            LBJ is the first read history. As for Medicare… I have an Economics degree. I figured it out and if my parents had invested the money the paid into Medicare they would have health insurance that is cadillac compared to what they have now. Obama is robbing Medicare to pay for the FREE Medicaid. My parent were against Medicare/Medicaid when it was suggested. Same with Social Security. There are things such as Medical savings accounts that should be tax free right?

            As for Obama I did not say he was not a legal citizen. The question is whether or not they are “natural born” and most legal experts agree that they probably are.

            If you disagree with an honest, rational person you are lost. We have a national DEBT that they say is $14 TRILLION, but if you apply general accounting practices, which the government does not, it’s more like $222 TRILLION when you add in under funded and unfunded liabilities for such things as Obamacare, Social Security TRUST Fund, and numerous government pension plans.

            So how will we continue to pay for all the programs you liberals want? How about taking on an estimated 15 million illegals who will cost us TRILLION over their life times and are basically uneducated or under educated and even if they work and pay taxes, a family of 5 will cost us $5,000 per year to support.

          • Ron r

            There are more liberals who agree that spending has to be curtailed and agree that cuts have to be made across the board. You’ll get no argument from me on that. The problem is getting both parties to do the right thing. This will not be done while one party wants to shut down something in order to keep theirs in order to keep the lobbyist happy.

            Saying no because the guy in the big chair likes it , regardless of the fact you may have liked it 8 years ago is no way to govern . I would like to see term limits placed on congress. I truly beleive it would make for a better government no matter what party the president was from. As for Cruz, again I don’t question his citizenship. But if I were a betting, I would bet you that the second he does one little thing the right does not agree with (Limbaugh, others) his citizenship will come into question.

          • Ron r

            BTW there is no reason for an American citizen to die because of lack of health insurance. I got free health care while in the military. I receive it as a veteran. Socialized medicine as some would call it.

        • Robbie

          To qualify for the top job you have to be born within the United States (or its territory elsewhere like Guam). The citizenship of a mother or father is not relevant.

  • IsThisAmerica

    Kill the bill! Light that worthless piece of paper on fire and burn baby burn. Why are such incredibly stupid bills coming out of D.C.? The mental patients are in full control.

  • laura merrone

    If we keep up all our entitlement programs and the “entitlement mentality” our country will be broke in a few years…Then we’ll go bankrupt and start all over again and maybe get it right the next time…with some sense of responsibility to our republican roots. I hope this happens. I’m being optimistic for a change.

    • antiliberal00

      While what you say is true, a collapse in our economy will mean the end of the free world, the enslavement of mankind and the deaths of billions of people.
      The global elite WANT that to happen so let’s not give it to them.

      • laura merrone

        I was trying to be optimistic. How can we not give it to them? There would probably have to be civil war because our elected representatives and gov’t are not listening to us…

  • Robbie

    Whatever happened to the march on Washington of fully armed Americans? I guess no one actually wanted to take the time.