Sen. Cruz appeared at two political events Monday night and then spoke Tuesday at a breakfast meeting of the Houston Realty Business Coalition.
That’s a lobbying organization for the commercial real estate industry.
Cruz spoke a bit about his family and his Senate victory, and also about defeating President Obama’s gun-control proposals.
But mostly he focused on the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.
Cruz says Congress should defund Obamacare by including that demand in the next federal budget fight.
Congress must pass a budget resolution before October 1 in order to keep the federal government going.
“I have publicly stated along with a number of other senators that under no circumstances will I vote for a continuing resolution that funds one penny of Obamacare.”
Now, Cruz admits that right now Congress doesn’t have the votes to defund Obamacare — but it could if a “grassroots army” rose up and demanded it of their representatives.
“So why does this fight matter? Because if we don’t stop it by January 1, the odds are we never will stop it.”
On January 1, most Americans not covered by their employers will have to obtain their own health coverage — but there will also be government subsidies available to help many people pay for that coverage.
Cruz warns that those subsidies are dangerous, likening them to an addictive candy. He says the goal is to hook people on an expensive entitlement.
“President Obama’s strategy is very simple, it’s not a complicated political strategy. He wants to get as many Americans as possible addicted to the subsidies. Because they want as many Americans as possible hooked on the sugar.”
Houston Congressman Gene Green is a Democrat and supports Obamacare.
He says Cruz and his Tea Party colleagues won’t be able to pull it off and the health care law will survive.
“So voting against the budget maybe expresses his opinion, but it really doesn’t do any good. They have to repeal the law to stop the funding. And in the House we voted 40 times already to repeal the law, and it’s never passed the Senate. It won’t pass the Senate, and if it did, the president will veto it.”
Green says Cruz should remember that Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the country, and the health care law will help bring that number down.