On an interview with Candy Crowley from CNN, the Canadian-born US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that his plan to defund Obamacare doesn’t have enough votes yet, as they need 41 Republicans in the Senate, and at least 218 Republicans in the House. Also, suggesting a possibility that there would be a heated-debate in the month of September, and a “grassroots tsunami” in Washington, and he will “encourage the tsunami” against the Obama administration in order to defund the Affordable Care Act. Senator Cruz justified his decision to declare a war on Obamacare for the myth that the healthcare plan would kill jobs and hurt the American public and their businesses. He also stated that defunding the law is for the sake of helping minorities, especially Hispanics and African-Americans, who would be the most affected groups by the “negative outcome and the job losses” supposedly caused by the law, despite the fact that nearly 6.8 million African American,and 10 million Hispanic Americans are expected to have access to affordable healthcare coverage under the new law.
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While the truth is that Senator Cruz can achieve the number of votes he needs for his plan if every Republican member votes in favor of the strategy, as they control the House with 233 members, and have 46 members in the Senate, the challenge is that not all Republicans are in favor of the plan. So far, they have only 80 supporters in the House, and 13 in the Senate. In fact, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) strongly opposes it, reminding his fellow Republicans of the negative outcome that their party suffered during the government shutdown of 1995. Another example is the Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC) whose opposition to the plan has angered his Tea Party voters in a youtube video filmed during a meeting at a university campus, reasoning his decision to the fact that both the Senate and the president would not allow the bill to pass. And many others, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and even Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that have agreed to try and have it defunded are now doubting the success of that endeavor.
Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-AZ) and Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) plan to defund Obamacare or face a government shutdown is not popular among the mainstream public, nor among republican voters. A recent poll found that nearly 71 percent of overall Americans and 53 percent of voters who identify themselves as republicans oppose the government shutdown over the ACA:
While the major provisions of the healthcare reform are anticipated to take shape on January of next year, Republicans are extremely threatened by the law, which has already benefitted millions of Americans so far.