Despite the Defeat of His Obamacare Amendment, Ted Cruz Soldiers On

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The Washington Times reports that the efforts of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others to defund the Affordable Care Act in the Senate version of the continuing resolution has met with defeat. However, Cruz, apparently undaunted, is soldiering on.

Obamacare amendment defeated on a party line vote

The Washington Times notes that the amendment to defund Obamacare was defeated on a party line vote, with 52 Democrats voting against and all 45 Republicans voting in favor. The vote and the way it turned out suggest a number of things. First, despite some analysis to the contrary, the Republican Senate caucus, moderate and conservative, is united in opposition to Obamacare. This is despite some expressions of disdain on the part of some Democrats, such as Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Despite the position that the fight over Obamacare was been decided by the recent election by its supporters, the vote would seem to suggest that the fight is far from over.

Cruz delivers his maiden speech on the floor of the Senate

While Cruz had already spoken on the floor of the Senate during the Sen. Rand Paul filibuster, he delivered his first full speech in support of his amendment. He expanded on the theme that the overriding imperative for the United States is to restore economic growth and that Obamacare, with its taxes and regulations, constitutes a drag on growth and should be at the very least delayed until such growth is restored. He expounded on what he viewed has been the effects of the health care reform law, including an increase in the cost and the loss of availability of health insurance, the loss of jobs and working hours due to the efforts of employers to escape Obamacare regulations, and the increase in taxes and government spending. He noted that the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 7 million people will lose their health insurance because of the effects of Obamacare. His speech was a full-throated and detailed assault on the health care law and what he views as the harm it has inflicted thus far.

Cruz speaks at the Weyrich Awards Dinner

After seeing his amendment defeated in the Senate, Cruz made a speech at the Weyrich Awards dinner, according to Politico. While invoking the spirit of President Ronald Reagan, Cruz ruminated on his own political career while casting scorn on other politicians, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who accused him and others of being "wacko birds." The speech came on the eve of an even more anticipated speech Cruz is to deliver to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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