By Russell Berman - 08/25/13 01:35 PM EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Sunday it would take a political “tsunami” of grassroots pressure to win his fight to defund President Obama’s healthcare law in the coming budget showdown.
“It is going to take a tsunami, and I am going to do everything I can to encourage that tsunami,” Cruz said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
He held out hope that when the fight heats up in September, public pressure would lead conservatives to victory.
“Now is the single best time to stop ObamaCare,” Cruz said. “If it doesn’t happen now, it’s never going to happen.”
As for replacing the law with other reforms, Cruz said, “once ObamaCare is defunded or repealed, theres a great deal we can do on healthcare.”
He called for expanding health savings accounts, allowing purchases of health insurance across state lines and delinking health insurance from employment.
Appearing on the same program, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) said Cruz “doesn’t know anything about healthcare.”
“These are crazy ideas that are from the far right,” said Dean, a former presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “God help us if he ever becomes anything more than a senator from Texas.”