Cruz: Sebelius departure doesn't end O-Care fight

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) insisted that Kathleen Sebelius’s exit from the top post at the Department of Health and Human Services will not end conservatives’ battle against ObamaCare.

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"We are going to repeal every single word of ObamaCare," he told a crowd of conservatives at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering of conservative activists and leaders hosted by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United.

Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential contender, told reporters earlier that Sebelius's resignation does "not remotely" end the ObamaCare fight.

He also pushed back against suggestions from some pundits, and statements from Sebelius herself, that her departure came because of what Democrats saw as the successful completion of the open enrollment period for the law.

"The greatest lie the media tries to play is to try to convince us the American people don't believe the values this country stands for. It's simply not true," he said.

"If you listen to Democrats, if you listen to the media — although, I repeat myself — they will tell you there is no hope. They will tell you we cannot turn this around. They will tell you you cannot stop ObamaCare. They will tell you that Kathleen Sebelius is resigning is a result of ObamaCare's success. Well if that's true, then I hope every Democrat will follow her path and resign, as well!"

Cruz also outlined in his speech Republican plans to focus on issues with ObamaCare during the upcoming confirmation hearing for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s nominee for the next HHS head.

He's said previously he expects Republicans to pick up the Senate this cycle, and on Saturday Cruz declared New Hampshire "ground zero" in the battle for control, a reference to expected GOP nominee Scott Brown's battle against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).