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Sen. Cruz's Remarks from Colloquy on Defunding Obamacare

Sen. Cruz's Remarks from Colloquy on Defunding Obamacare

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Remarks from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his colloquy on defunding Obamacare with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio. (R-FL)
Remarks from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during his colloquy on defunding Obamacare with Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio. (R-FL)

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Sen.TedCruz’sRemarksfromhisColloquyonDefundingObamacarewithSens.MikeLeeandMarcoRubio
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Mr.Cruz:
IwanttothanktheSenatorfromUtahforhisleadershiponthisissue.IamproudtostandwithSenatorLee,withSenatorRubioandwithsomanyothers.IcantellyouinthestateofTexas,TexansoverwhelminglyunderstandthatObamacareisn'tworking,thatthislegislationisfailingandit'shurtingtheAmericanpeople.Ifyoulookatjobs,thereisnolegislationcurrentlyineffectthatisdamagingtheeconomymoreordamagingjobsmorethanObamacare.Inresponsetothelaw41%ofsmallbusinessownershaveheldoffhiringemployees.TheU.S.chamberofcommercereports71%ofsmallbusinessessayObamacaremakesithardertohireworkers.Beyondthat,oneofthemostperniciousaspectsofthislawisitisforcingmoreandmoreemployeestobemovedtopart-timeemployment,movedtoworking29hoursaweekorlesstogetundertheObamacare30-hourthreshold.In2013employersaddedmorepart-timeemployees,averaging93,000amonthseasonallyadjustedthanfull-timeworkers.ItisimportanttounderstandwhoitishurtthemostbyObamacare.ItisnottheC.E.O.'s,notthewealthy.Itisyoungpeople,Hispanics,African-Americans,singlemoms.Accordingtothemostrecentcensusdatain2011thepovertyrateforthosewhoworkedfulltimewas2.8%.Thepovertyrateforthoseworkinglessthanfulltimeyearroundwas16.3%.Mr.President,I'mremindedofearlierinthisyearwhenweweredebatingtheissueofObamacareandIreadfromanewspaperarticleoutofthestateofOklahomathatquotedasinglemomworkinginafast-foodrestaurantandsheandallofhercoworkershadherhoursforciblyreducedto29hoursaweekorless,andthissinglemomsaid,“Igottwolittlekidsathome.Ican'tfeedmykidson29hoursaweek,”andneithercantheothersinglemomsstrugglingtomakeendsmeet.Beyondtheimpactonjobs,ontheeconomy,beyondthosebeingforcedintopart-timework,wealsohavethecompliancecosts.Accordingtofederalagencyestimates,Obamacarewilladdpaperworkburdenstotalingnearly190millionhoursormoreeveryyear.And,Mr.President,toputthat
 
2inperspective,MountRushmore,whichtook14yearstobuild,couldbeinstructed1,547timeswiththepaperworkObamacarerequiresinoneyear.Notonlydoweseejobsbeinghurt,hoursbeingreduced,paperworkgoingup,butwe'reseeingpremiumsgoingup,premiumsgoingupfartoohigh.Andit'shittingthosewhoaresufferingthemost.OnMondayFlorida'sinsurancecommissionertoldthepalmbeachpostthatinsurancerateswillriseby5%to20%inthesmall-groupmarketandby30%to40%intheindividualmarket.Mr.President,tothosewhoareathomeinFloridawatchingwhat'shappening,asthey'reseeingtheirinsuranceratesgoup,they'regoingupbecauseoftheimpactofthisfailedlaw.TheOhioDepartmentofInsuranceannouncedthatObamacareinOhiowillincreasetheindividualmarkethealthpremiumsby88%.Mr.President,ifyou'reinOhiorightnowandseeingyourpremiumsgoup,youcanthankthemenandwomenoftheU.S.congress.AccordingtotheWymanfirmlookingatyoungpeople,youngpeopleinparticulararehurtbyObamacare.TheWymanfirmestimatesthat80%ofAmericansage21to29earningmorethan$16,000willpaymoreoutofpocketforcoverageunderObamacarethantoday.Mr.President,ifyoungpeopleathomearewatchingthistodayandwonderingaboutaretheygoingtogetajob,howaretheygoingtoclimbtheeconomicladder?HowaretheygoingtoachievetheAmericandream?Obamacareisdrivinguptheirhealthcarepremiumsrightnow.AndweallknowthatthePresidentpromisedtheAmericanpeopleatthetimeObamacarewasbeingdebatedifyoulikeyourhealthcareplan,youcankeepit.Mr.President,thefactshaveconclusivelyproventhatwrong.AccordingtoaFebruary2013reportbytheCongressionalBudgetOffice,sevenmillionpeoplewilllosetheiremployer-sponsoredinsurance.MackenzieandCompany,averywell-regardedaccountingfirmfound30%ofemployerswilldefinitelyorprobablystopofferinghealthinsuranceintheyearsafter2014.Mr.President,thisbillisn'tworking,andIwouldnotethatthereisagrowingbipartisanconsensusonthatfront.Asthefactshavecomein,theAmericanpeoplehavekeptanopenmind,havelookedatthisbillandhaveseenthatasit'sbeingimplemented,itisnotworking.It'shurtingtheeconomy,hurtingjobs.AccordingtoanABC/WashingtonPostpoll,in2010,74%ofmoderateandconservativedemocrats,thereareasignificantnumberofdemocratsthatdescribethemselvesasmoderateorconservative,in2010,70%supportedObamacare.InJulyjust46%supportedObamacare.NotonlythatwehaveseentheleadSenateauthorofObamacare,aseniorDemocratinthisbodydescribeObamacareasheadedtowardsa--quote--"hugetrainwreck."
 
3Wehaveseenoverandoveragainstunions--whichinitiallysupportedObamacareturningastheyrealizedtheconsequences.InApriltheunitedunionofroofersandalliedworkerscalledfor--quote--"repealorcompletereformoftheaffordablecareacttoprotectouremployers,ourindustryandourmostimportantassets:ourmembersandtheirfamily."Mr.President,ifyoulistentothevoiceofunions,unionsaresayingObamacareisfailing,it'snotworking.TheinternationalbrotherhoodofelectricalworkersreleasedawhitepaperinJulyexplainingthatObamacare--quote--"threatenstoharmourmembersbydismantlingmultiemployerhealthplans."andthenreallyquitestriking,JamesHoffaJr.,thePresidentoftheTeamstersunion,wrotealettertoSenatorReidandNancyPelosisaying--quote--"Obamacarewilldestroythewell-beingofourmembersalongwithotherhardworkingAmericans."why?Mr.HoffaexplainedObamacareisdestroyingthe40-hourworkweekthathasbeenthebackboneoftheworkingmiddleclass."Mr.President,ifyouhaveaconcernoftheAmericanmiddleclass,listentothebipartisanvoicesthatarerisingupsayingObamacareisn'tworking.Andmoststrikingly,Mr.President,withPresidentObamahimselfwhojustafewweeksagowasforcedtounilaterallyandwithoutlegalauthoritydelayimplementationofObamacareforlargecorporations,withcompaniesformorethan50employeesheunilaterallymovedtheemployermandateuntilafterthenextelection.Mr.President,IwouldsuggestthereareatleasttwothingswecanderivefromPresidentObama'sdecisiontodothat.Numberone,ifObamacarewereagoodthing,ifitwereworking,wecanbesurePresidentObamawouldwantittogointofulleffectbeforethenextelection.HewouldwanttotakecreditwiththeAmericanpeopleforthebenefitsofthissignaturebill.ThefactthatthePresidentwasforcedtoconcedethewheelsarecomingoffandtomovetheemployermandateuntilafterthenextelection,Iwouldsuggestishighly,highlyrevealing.Butnumbertwo,Mr.President,itraisestheobviousfollow-upquestion.WhyisPresidentObamawillingtograntawaiverforgiantcorporationsbutnotforhardworkingAmericanfamilies?Notforthemenandwomenwhoarestrugglingtomakeendsmeet,whoareclimbingtheeconomicladder,whowantlikeourparentsandgrandparentsbeforethemtoachievetheAmericandream.Obamacareisstandingintheirway.Sowhatarewetodoaboutit?Well,Mr.President,themostimportantconstitutionalcheckandbalancethatcongresshasonanoverreachingexecutiveisthepowerofthepurse.AndtheframersoftheConstitutionwiselygaveauthorityoverexpendituresofmoneytotheUnitedStatesCongress,andthatiswhytheSenatorfromUtah,theSenatorfromFloridaandI,alongwithmanyothers,arestandingtogetherandsayingthisisn'tworking,andCongressshoulddefundit.

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