Ted Cruz Has His Health Care, Who Cares About Yours?

25 Sep
Sen. Cruz counts the number of people he actually cares about

Sen. Cruz counts the number of people he actually cares about

If anyone doubted just how twisted Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Pit of Hell) really is, his antics on the Senate floor this week are all the evidence we need. You see, Cruz is engaged in a talk-a-thon pseudo-filibuster to block a vote on a bill he actually approves of. If that sounds a bit whacky to you, then you’re paying attention.

A bit of background: Worst Speaker in History John Boehner recently caved to the tea-soaked fringe of his party and helped pass a budget bill that would avoid a shutdown of the government (for three whole months). The price? It removes all funding for the Affordable Care Act. That’s right, the House passed its 42nd effort to eliminate a law that would improve the lives of millions of Americans.

Sen. Cruz favors this bill. All his blather is aimed at one thing: running out the budget clock. If there isn’t a budget bill in place by Tuesday, the Federal government shuts down. (That worked really well for Newt Gingrich in the 90s…) So what it comes down to is this: Cruz, clearly grandstanding as he sets up a 2016 presidential campaign, is willing to risk a stoppage of most Federal services and cut off pay and benefits for millions unless the Senate passes the nasty House bill and blocks improved access to health care for another set of millions of Americans. In my best Dolly Parton voice from 9 to 5, “I never thought I would have to say this about another human being, but you are evil, that’s right you are evil Mr. Cruz.”

Talking much and saying nothing isn’t new for Senate Republicans, but Cruz is part of a new wave intent on putting their selfish hypocrisy on display. Remember when Rand Paul (R – Myopia) filibustered an Obama nominee to protest the administration’s stand on the use of armed drones? (And then reversed himself just days later after no-one was paying attention…) Cruz is engaged in just such grandstanding. In fact, Sen. Paul stepped up to lend a hand. So did Mike Lee (R – Who?), the worst Senator you’ve never heard of.

It’s all pointless, of course. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will call for a vote today and even the Republicans won’t muster enough votes to block it. The Senate will never defund the Affordable Care Act and the President would never sign such a bill. Cruz, Paul, and Lee  (The Three Stooges) just want to make it as hard as possible to work out a compromise. So, he babbles on about anything, giving television reviews and reading from Atlas Shrugged and Green Eggs and Ham. (That’s a literary analysis that can’t help Ayn Rand’s legacy any…)

Never mind that the majority of Americans (including a plurality of Republicans) oppose a shutdown. Even larger numbers oppose using health care to hold funding hostage. Even people who dislike (or more likely misunderstand) the health bill believe that it should be implemented and improved, not used for games. Sen. Cruz and Paul don’t care. His health care is secure; so is his salary. The rest of America can suffer.  A very odd approach to civil service.


18 Responses to “Ted Cruz Has His Health Care, Who Cares About Yours?”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW September 25, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 25, 2013 at 7:55 am #


      Thank you for reblogging this. Cruz and his might band of haters make me quite sad.

  2. Christine Noble September 25, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    These folks really don’t want the ACA implemented, because once it is, and folks see that it is a good thing, they will lose a good chunk of their base. Once people see , in action, how looking out for each other helps EVERYONE, it is almost impossible to get them to go back (see Western Europe.)

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

      Christine, I hope you know how much I always appreciate your wisdom and your voice! Would there were more voices like yours in positions of power!

      • Christine Noble September 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

        There can be, we just need to get behind those progressives who have the courage to run.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

        Can I get a big secular Amen to that?

      • Christine Noble September 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm #


      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm #


      • Christine Noble September 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

        The Working Families Party, I believe, is active in Oregon. You should check them out. Here in NY they have what they call the Pipeline Project, where they seek out progressives who have never even thought about running and convince them to do so, and teach them what they need to do. I don’t know if they have that in Oregon, but you should check it out.
        I was thinking of running, but recent events alluded to in recent posts of mine make it almost impossible to win.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

        Christine, you are wonderful and tremendous. I have actually worked with the Working Families Party here in Portland.

      • Christine Noble September 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

        Well then, maybe you should think about running. 😀

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

        Oy! I’m not sure I have the constitution for it. Dear heart, forgive my absent voice lately on your blog. I have been reading but have been overwhelmed with my work load as of late. I promise to get back to commenting on your fabulous blog!

  3. Jueseppi B. September 25, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Jueseppi, thank you for reblogging this article and for your voice for social justice and equity for all.

      • Jueseppi B. September 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

        It’s my pleasure.

  4. Darrell West (@DarrellPMWest) September 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    The Tax Payer are paying for it.

    • Diane Yoder September 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Yes we are, and glad to. I can’t tell you how happy I was to finally be able to go to the doctor and not have to pay for my mammogram–my insurance finally was forced to pay for women’s health care. And my premium went down considerably as a result. The taxpayers have been paying bilions for people who go to the doctor and can’t pay anyway.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt September 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

        Diane, I can’t thank you enough for your comment here! We need to hear more of these testimonials. This is why we need the Affordable Care Act. Sadly, so many of the folks in congress are completely out of touch because they have amazing health care, so they don’t have to worry, but they are charged with the task of worrying about all of the citizens!

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