SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): Let me make three points. Number one, Obamacare isn't working, and in the words of its lead author, Democratic Senator Max Baucus, it is headed towards a major train wreck. Which is why President Obama had to admit failure by unilaterally delaying the employer mandate until after the next election because it is not working and Democrats are scared of electoral accountability.
Number two, if we want to stop this train wreck from hitting hard working American families, the time to do so is now. What the administration desperately wants is to get to January, to get the exchanges in place, to get the subsidies in place, and by the way, they eliminated any eligibility test, so they want people hooked on Obamacare so it can never be unwound. If we're going to repeal it, we've got to do so now or it will remain with us forever.
But number three, most importantly, we have an opportunity in the next 68 days to actually defund Obamacare. The most important check and balance the constitution gives Congress over an overreaching executive is the power of the purse. And the continuing resolution that funds Congress expires on September 30th. I publicly stated as has Mike Lee, as has Marco Rubio, and a number of other Senators that I will not vote for any continuing resolution that funds even a single penny of Obamacare, and the difference, Bret, is we've had 39, 40, 41 symbolic votes in Congress against Obamacare.
None of those meant a whole lot because none of them did anything. If Republicans stand together, if we get 41 Republicans in the Senate or 218 Republicans in the House who stand together and say we will not vote to affirmatively fund Obamacare, we can get this done now. But the only way that's going to happen is if the American grassroots, if conservatives, come together and demand that of our elected officials because right now, we don't have the votes, but if the people demand it, that's going to change.