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Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaking at the Values Voters Summit
Ted Cruz, not quite as crazy as Michele Bachmann.
No, the Senate won't be repealing Obamacare. And yes, there was another vote to repeal Obamacare.

This one came from Sen. Ted Cruz as an amendment to the budget bill for 2014. It failed 45-54. Sounding slightly less hyperbolic than his counterpart for crazy in the House, Michele Bachmann, Cruz railed against the ills of the law.

“ObamaCare was passed with many promises, and in reality, it has not delivered,” Cruz said ahead of the vote. “ObamaCare is hurting young people, it’s hurting seniors, it’s hurting Hispanics, it’s hurting African-Americans, it’s hurting the economy and it should be repealed."
How is it hurting all those people? Who knows. That's immaterial. Ted Cruz doesn't need evidence. He's Ted Cruz.

For those counting, Sen. Tom Harkin says this was the 36th vote on repeal in Congress. Other counts say it's the 39th. Either way, it's just a tad bit excessive, particularly since it's never going to happen.

Last July, a CBS report determined that the House has spent 80 hours on futile Obamacare repeal efforts. That was at about the 32nd vote. Those 80 hours of wasted time worked out to be about $50 million in taxpayer money, the funds spent to keep the House operating. That doesn't even count the time the Senate has spent on this idiocy.

The conclusion is clear: Republicans in Congress are increasing the deficit!

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:59 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (24+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:59:02 AM PDT

  •  Only reason Teddy Boy isn't as crazy (12+ / 0-)

    as La Bachmann is that he's only in his first term. Give the boy time, and several facelifts and a lotta Botox, and he'll top her record. I have faith that TX can out-crazy Minnesota with just a little bit of work.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:03:42 AM PDT

  •  Repeal Obamacare Or Bust!! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    alwaysquestion, Gentle Giant
  •  Cruz will also offer an amendment (6+ / 0-)

    on preventing regulation of "Big Gulps" and large food servings by the federal government. No kidding. I'm surprised he hasn't tried to stop the UN from regulating American golf courses like  he's talked about in the past.

  •  And yet... (5+ / 0-)

    ...almost every Republican Senator voted for it, knowing it would neither pass nor "box in" Democrats who voted against it.  Either they're just as crazy, or still running scared about Tea Party primary challenges.

  •  Glass half-empty, glass half-full (2+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion, Greenfinches

    Congress should be doing better things with its time, but Republicans in Congress are capable of doing much worse things than futile repeal votes.

  •  You know, ten years from now (6+ / 0-)

    When Obamacare is something everyone is used to, and it's being improved, will anyone in the MSM bring this up and remind Americans that the GOP went insane?

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:17:24 AM PDT

  •  I've never so quickly come to loathe the name of a (3+ / 0-)
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    eataTREE, alwaysquestion, msmacgyver

    politician as I have with ....Ted Whatshisname!

    draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

    by quinn on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:17:43 AM PDT

  •  Correct me if I'm wrong, but (8+ / 0-)

    don't many of the provisions of the ACA NOT kick in until 2014? Therefore, to say that it "hasn't delivered", when it hasn't even been fully implemented, is ridonkulous.

    But then, I expect nothing less from my esteemed Senator than ridonkulousness.

  •  Yeah, but they joined hands with the medical (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    alwaysquestion

    device lobbyist's gift list.

  •  As an expatriate Canadian... (6+ / 0-)

    ...I'm sad to say that Cruz is just like every other politician from Calgary (ie, right wing, an idiot, and deep in the pocket of the oil and gas industry).

    Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

    by eataTREE on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:20:46 AM PDT

  •  The REAL news story (10+ / 0-)

    Is that the Republican Party no longer has any interest, respect, or understanding of the legislative process.  

    They explicitly reject it.

    They no longer attempt to build consensus to pass bills in the Senate or the House.

    They work to gut and overturn laws they don't like by filibustering nominees for agencies.

    They have ZERO interest in passing laws by winning a majority of votes.

    They use BLACKMAIL, the threat of destroying the economy, to try to force duly elected Democrats to do their bidding.

    And yet Chuck Todd and David Gregory stand around on the "news" shows, furrow their brows, and talk about consensus and the legislative process as if the GOP has ANY FUCKING INTEREST in passing laws the old fashioned way (by passing laws).

    THIS is the major news story of our time.

    One of the two major American political parties is actively working to burn down the system by refusing to participate.

    •  You have one side trying to craft (2+ / 0-)
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      legislation (for better or worse, but that's another issue). You have one side screaming "OMG THE SKY IS FALLING!!!" Then, you have the media claiming that both sides have equal merit.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:31:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Well said. (0+ / 0-)

      "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

      by gritsngumbo on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 12:04:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  They are beside themselves, Obama simply cannot (2+ / 0-)
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    be allowed to succeed, no, no no, no, no! They're gonna lay on their stomachs and cry and cry and cry till someone breaks out Mr. Rattle.

  •  GOP pressure on ACA seems to be working, though (3+ / 0-)

    It's led to the nauseating decision by Sebelius and the WH to allow red states to gut the ACA Medicaid expansion by allowing private insurers to carve out a huge chunk of money for private profit.

    The GOP definitely knows how to yank the Obama Administration's chain to extract as much private profit as possible from ACA, while stealing as much as possible from low income, uninsured American workers.

    All these votes have yielded quite a bit of progress for the GOP and their donors, sad to say.

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:22:21 AM PDT

    •  Can you imagine how awful the economy (0+ / 0-)

      would be if McCain had won in 08?

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:32:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  How many uninsured Americans need to die (0+ / 0-)

        before you're willing to hold our own party accountable for protecting access to affordable health care for all?

        Please give us a number and when it's reached, we'll send you an email or tweet.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:53:36 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Oh, it is so much fun to change the focus from (2+ / 0-)
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      contemptible Republicans and point the ol' finger at Obama. It never fails.

      •  Your fellow Americans die (0+ / 0-)

        because of these bad decisions.  

        In the rush to put politics above human compassion, please say a prayer for them.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:51:26 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Like the time when it was argued that the ACA (2+ / 0-)
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          should fail, because it didn't go far enough. I'm sure there was concern for fellow Americans then.

          •  That's false (0+ / 0-)

            and so predictable from the GOP-lite wing of the Dem Party.

            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

            by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:48:21 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  The GOP-lite wing of the Dem Party.... I would (0+ / 0-)

              imagine that if Barack Obama, who has passed a major healthcare legislation that will give millions of people access to health care, increased fuel efficiency standards in automobiles, helped to do away with DADT, expanded Pell Grants for students seeking access to a college education, gave women access to contraceptive care, placed two Democratic women on the Supreme Court, and passed the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act can be called a Republican, then I am happy to be called a Republican.

              You have developed a skill in taking advantage of any diary that speaks about the despicable behavior of Republicans to change the topic to the many gripes you have against the President.

              In this case, a diary concerning another Republican attempting, for the 30 plus time, to repeal healthcare and you used this wonderful opportunity to point out in a sense: Well, forget about Ted Cruz,  Obama has allowed Republicans to gain an advantage on the healthcare issue.

              Your reasoning for this segue is that every time Republicans attempt to repeal the ACA, they gain a little in the process. No, as the diary so correctly pointed out, every time they try to repeal the ACA they get one result: Failure!

              Your attitude appears to be: why discuss how despicable the Republicans are, when Obama is even "worse"? In fact, he is a Republican, and individuals who support him, as this commenter is proud to do, are Republicans....

              Well, here is the issue. Despite your characterizations of the President, or perhaps supporters of the President. Your sentiments are in the minority. Most people in this nation agrees with the President. He won over 65 million votes in the last election and was strongly supported by at least 80 percent of Progressives who voted for him, according to polls published before the election of 2012.

              I've seen individuals here vilify this President, because they claim he is a Republican, and yet turn around and hoist Rand Paul on their shoulders as some type of hero. Yes, the Obama derangement Syndrome is alive and well in this community.

              Now in terms of healthcare bill critics on the left, wanting the bill to fail? You claim my statement was false? Here is a passage from Peter Dreier, writing for the Huffington Post:

              It is incredibly irresponsible for some radicals and progressives to call for killing the health care bill. It is important to push for changes that would improve the Senate version of the bill. For example, the House funding plan (a tax on families with incomes over $1 million) is much better than the Senate version (a tax on so-called "Cadillac" health insurance plans). That's what the labor movement, liberal and progressive Democrats in Congress, pro-choice advocates, and others will be doing in hopes of putting a better bill on President Obama's desk, as Harold Meyerson discusses in his latest Washington Post column.

              But the idea that we should scrap this bill entirely and start from scratch next year is both immoral and impractical. Like taking food out of the mouths of hungry children, killing this bill will hurt tens of millions of real people who are now suffering physically, psychologically, and economically.

              http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

              Oh, according to you, my argument was false.

              •  Who is promoting killing ACA? (0+ / 0-)

                Sorry, but you'll either need to provide some evidence the Progressive Community is promoting that or admit you're pushing propaganda.

                I thought conservative Dems had gone pretty low, but this is the lowest.

                It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:52:10 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  No more links, you'll have to employ your own (0+ / 0-)

                  memory. And I just want to add that I am disappointed that you have changed my political allegiance from being a Republican Lite to a Conservative Democrat. I wish you would keep your name calling straight.

                  With all your complaints about this President and suggestion that he is a sellout, a failure, a Republican, and your ubiquitous slight of hand use of almost any diary, especially ones dealing with the despicable behavior of the Republicans, to redirect attention onto your idea of the “evils” of Obama, I am stunned that you still manage to find disappointment in anything he has done. But miracles, I guess, will never cease.

                  •  Right, more propaganda (0+ / 0-)

                    From the neoliberal septic, er think, tanks.

                    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                    by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:48:57 PM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  Now I'm neoliberal.... So, let's see...at first (0+ / 0-)

                      I'm Republican Lite, then, second, I'm a Conservative Democrat...now, I'm a neoliberal.... No wonder much of the complaints some of you folk have against the President seem to just be bananas. And septic tanks? Really? You know, it's hard to be insulted by you when you're all over the place.  

    •  You're wrong (4+ / 0-)

      It was the Supreme Court who gutted the ACA Medicaid expansion by allowing states to opt out of the expansion while keeping their existing federal Medicaid money.

      The White House is trying to salvage what it can from that Supreme Court decision by allowing the private insurers in, where otherwise the alternative is that those states will opt completely out of the expansion.

      In other words, you have it exactly backward -- you're accusing Obama of gutting it when he is really doing as much as he can to salvage it.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:55:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The SCOTUS decision (0+ / 0-)

        shouldn't have been a green light to begin weakening the Medicaid expansion at the state level.  But that's how its turning out.  

        The WH is now dangerously close to allowing private insurance companies to take over Medicaid funding, skim off profits and re-sell it as junk insurance to poor Americans.  Why should Dems who advocate for the uninsured stand by and allow that?

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:56:28 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Ok, correct me if I'm wrong, but has Obamacare (3+ / 0-)
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    even been implemented yet? How can it be "killing" all these people already? Cruz and Bachmann both are what's hurting this country, with their outlandish rhetoric and dangerous hyperbole.

    "Let's stay together"--Rev. Al Green and President Obama

    by collardgreens on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:25:03 AM PDT

  •  Wasting those Millions (0+ / 0-)

    doesn't bother the Repugnicants in the Least.

    If those Millions came out of THEIR Pockets, Well that
    would be Something Else All together.

    Insanity is when you do the same thing Over and Over
    and expect different Results.

    Ted Cruz and the Repugnicants are the Perfect Example.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 10:30:21 AM PDT

  •  LOL!! And in checking with what demographics (1+ / 0-)
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    Paul1a

    repubs are having low voter problems with, insert those group names into ANYTHING said:

    “ObamaCare was passed with many promises, and in reality, it has not delivered,” Cruz said ahead of the vote. “ObamaCare is hurting young people, it’s hurting seniors, it’s hurting Hispanics, it’s hurting African-Americans, it’s hurting the economy and it should be repealed."
    LOL....new strategy is to just keep repeating those group names and see if that is tricky enough.

    Love watching one new strategy after another go up in flames.  Seems like they could get a focus group to help....oh wait....

  •  It's the monthly GOP nod to the teabaggers! (0+ / 0-)

    Once each month the entire GOP gets together to make sure they vote to repeal Obamacare as a futile gesture to the teabaggers that every GOP member of Congress is one of them.

  •  Enough already...MOVE ON!!! (0+ / 0-)
  •  80 Hours (0+ / 0-)

    Considering how little the Congress works anyway, the 80 hours sounds like an awful lot of their time when they do work.

  •  A group of men went hunting for ducks one day. (0+ / 0-)

    No matter how close the ducks were and how carefully the men aimed, no one could hit a duck.
    Finally, one of them had a seizure and, waving his shotgun around eratically, fired off one round.
    Seven ducks fell dead.

    "It's no wonder!" yelled one of his companions. "You aimed all over the sky!"

    The republicans who are bent on repealing the ACA are aiming all over the sky, hoping, just hoping, one of their attempts might hit the target.
    It is a shameful waste of time and tax $$. But it's no joke.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 11:50:27 AM PDT

  •  I work in this business. (1+ / 0-)
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    All I know is there has been a tremendous boom in the healthcare industry since ACA passed.

    I'm back making as much as I was before the economy went kaput; I have insurance, I have job security, and maybe even a promising future again.

    Not only that..."Obamacare" probably saved my life.

  •  Ted Cruz, not quite as crazy as Michele Bachmann (0+ / 0-)

    is like saying driving into a brick wall at 55 mph is better than driving into it at 60 mph.

  •  An embarrassment to the Senate (0+ / 0-)

    This clown does understand, the major provisions of the healthcare reform law don't take effect until 2014, which may account for why perceptible results have been minimal so far.  I wonder what the douchebag is going to say when it begins to work?

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 01:55:43 PM PDT

  •  On behalf of all Canadians everywhere. (0+ / 0-)

    We are very sorry about this numb-nuts. However, we will not take him back. Please stop asking.

    Registered Buddhacrat

    by clear SKies on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 02:48:45 PM PDT

  •  Towards "How": Layoffs Resulting Under the Mandate (0+ / 0-)

    I was reading an article at Bloomberg, last night an article relating  the difficulty that employers are experiencing, with regards to interpreting the Obamacare plan and its nuts-and-botls relevance to their businesses. In the comment segment for the article, there is at least one comment explaining that layoffs are happening in employers' responses to the mandate. If that is not enough evidence that there is a flaw in the matter, I do not know what could speak any more clearly to it.

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