Cruz: GOP a ‘laughingstock’ if ObamaCare repeal fails

Cruz: GOP a ‘laughingstock’ if ObamaCare repeal fails
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrade deal talks expand as Congress debates tech legal shield Sanders meets with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Cruz knocks Chick-fil-A over past donation: It has 'lost its way' MORE (R-Texas) says "failure is not an option" as Republicans seek to repeal and replace ObamaCare, claiming the party would become "a laughingstock" if it cannot pass healthcare reform with control of both the White House and Congress.

“The time for talk is over,” Cruz told conservative activists during a Wednesday rally in Washington, D.C., as first reported by the Washington Examiner. "Now is the time for action.

“Failure is not an option. If Republicans take this opportunity and blow it, we will rightly be considered a laughingstock.”

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Cruz said Republicans had campaigned too long on striking the 2010 healthcare act just to fail now.

“For six years, Republicans have campaigned over and over and over again, saying, ‘If only you’d give us the House, we’ll repeal ObamaCare,’ ” he said. " 'If you only give us the Senate, we’ll repeal ObamaCare. If only you give us the White House, we’ll repeal ObamaCare.’ ”

“You know what? We’re out of excuses," the former presidential candidate added. "We must honor our promise and repeal ObamaCare.”

Cruz added the GOP "could very easily screw it up," but he saw reason to be optimistic about legislative success.

“I believe we are poised to be the most productive Congress in decades. We have the opportunity to do an enormous amount of good.”

Cruz’s remarks come amid fierce interparty debate over the House GOP’s legislation for repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Conservatives have voiced skepticism toward many of its details, especially refundable tax credits many say are a “new entitlement.” Centrists, meanwhile, fear rolling back Medicaid would leave too many uninsured.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) vowed last week the bill would have enough votes to pass when it hits the House floor, though it must first survive hearings in the House Budget and Rules committees, where all Democrats are expected to vote against it.

Thirteen House Republicans have pledged to oppose the bill, according to The Hill’s Whip List, as has Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Democratic congressman calls for study of effects of sex-trafficking law McConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' MORE (R-Ky.) in the upper chamber.