Newly sworn-in Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vowed to fulfill his campaign promise to introduce a “day one” bill repealing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, even as he admitted a repeal will never pass. During his campaign, Cruz proclaimed, “We must and will repeal every syllable of every word of ObamaCare.” But in a press call on Thursday, Cruz told reporters that his pet project “is not going to pass anytime soon.”
Fully aware of its futility, Cruz will still make a symbolic repeal bill his first priority, the Dallas News reports:
As promised during the campaign, he still plans to focus the first bill he files on an attempt to “repeal very syllable of every word of Obamacare,” though he’s realistic. With Obama reelected and Democrats still in control of the Senate, “We know to a metaphysical certainty that that bill is not going to pass any time soon.” So he’ll do whatever he can to prevent implementation of that law.
Republicans have already wasted 88 hours and $50 million in taxpayer money on 33 failed votes to repeal Obamacare since January 2011. They have refused to give up even after the Supreme Court ruled the health care reform law was constitutional. Obama’s re-election did lead House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to acknowledge the ACA is “the law of the land,” but he and his colleagues quickly renewed their efforts to dismantle the law. Meanwhile, the 112th Congress earned the title of least productive Congress in history, failing to pass a single piece of jobs legislation.
And now, with a fresh slate before the 113th Congress, Republicans are still not ready to concede defeat and move onto the many more pressing matters facing the nation. In addition to Cruz’s expected legislation in the Senate, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) has already introduced a repeal bill in the House.
Repealing Obamacare would kick an estimated 30 million people off their health insurance while adding more than $100 billion to the federal deficit over the next decade.