danceswithvowels: I think Cruz is fighting the last possible battle. After this, we're likely done.
Unless you get a veto-overriding Congress, your next shot at repeal will be to win the Senate and Whitehouse, which will be after Obamacare's been in place for 3 years, minimum. And if you think there would be screaming about a govt shutdown now, how much steely spine will be needed for "taking away poor people's health insurance" by shutting down the exchanges in a repeal? Not to mention, you can't legislatively undo years of damage.Unlike Troy and many others, I think that there is a point to Ted Cruz' grandstanding and to what the House Republicans did when they sent up a budget that does not include funding for Obamacare.
Help me out -- I'm ready to grasp whatever straws you've got handy ...
Obamacare is about to go into effect; and, as one Democratic Senator acknowledged not all that long ago, it really is going to be a train-wreck.
Corporations are going to drop their healthcare coverage. Insurance costs are going to soar. People who are working full-time will soon discover that they have part-time jobs. This has already begun, and the unions are screaming bloody murder. The Longshoreman have walked out of the AFL-CIO.
All hell is going to break loose.
What the hearties in the House are doing -- and what Ted Cruz is doing -- is signaling to the discontented that there really is another way. They can vote Republican in 2014; and, if they do so big time, there will be a correction of course.
The leadership of the Republican Party hates this.
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