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Sen.Cruz’s Words Of Wisdom: Stop ObamaCare & Subsides Before We Get Addicted

DENVER — Sen. Ted Cruz urged conservatives  Saturday to join a petition drive to defund Obamacare, calling it their  last chance to stop the national health-care plan before its  implementation in January.

“On Jan. 1, the exchanges kick in and the subsidies  kick in,” said the Texas Republican in a speech Saturday at the Western  Conservative Summit. “Once those kick in, it’s going to prove almost  impossible to undo Obamacare. The administration’s plan is very simple:  Get everyone addicted to the sugar so that Obamacare remains a permanent  feature of our society.”

He asked foes of the Affordable Care Act to sign a  national petition launched Saturday that calls for Congress to approve  the Sept. 30 continuing budget resolution only if it eliminates funding  for Obamacare.

The online petition, called Don’t Fund It, is located at

Opposing Mr. Cruz’s defunding plan was Republican strategist Dick Morris, who urged Republicans to “let the consequences of Obama’s policies happen.”

“I believe it would be a serious mistake for us to insert ourselves in between Obamacare and the federal government by defunding it and shutting the government down,” said Mr. Morris. “Because if we did, that would become the story … But if we don’t get in the way, if we let the president screw this up on his own, people are going to understand all over the country how flawed and terrible this program is.”

If that happens, “the mandate for its repeal will resonate with heavy Republican victories in 2014, and then we really will be able to repeal it,” Mr. Morris said.

A first-term senator and favorite of  conservatives and patriot groups, Mr. Cruz said many Republicans are  “terrified” at the prospect of being criticized in the media for holding  up the budget resolution and threatening a federal shutdown.

“Right now we don’t have the votes. Right now we’re  not even close,” said Mr. Cruz. “There’s only one way we’re going to get  41 Republicans in the Senate and 218 Republicans in the House of  Representatives, which is if they hear from the American people in  overwhelming numbers.”

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