With his inspirational and unprecedented show of leadership on the floor of the U.S. Senate this past week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made hundreds of enemies in Washington.
But more importantly, he made millions of friends across America.
When you have both liberal Democrats and mealy-mouthed establishment RINOs (Republicans in name only) allying against you, you know you’ve got the bead over the beltway “good ol’ boys’” center-mass. Mr. Cruz emasculated, delightfully, Obama’s political yes-bots on both sides of the aisle.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., was both a sponsor of – and cheerleader for – Obamacare. That was, of course, because he evidently followed Nancy Pelosi’s obtuse advice “to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Once he read this 2,400-page regulatory monstrosity, Sen. Baucus came to the same conclusion as did anyone else with two synapses to rub together. He called it “a huge train wreck” and announced that Obama’s pet government health-care albatross would sink him into retirement.
Unfortunately, it’ll sink millions of American families right along with him.
Even liberal supporters are waking up to this nightmarish reality. Politico laments, “The Obamacare that consumers will finally be able to sign up for next week is a long way from the health plan President Barack Obama first pitched to the nation.
“Millions of low-income Americans won’t receive coverage. Many workers at small businesses won’t get a choice of insurance plans right away. Large employers won’t need to provide insurance for another year. Far more states than expected won’t run their own insurance marketplaces. And a growing number of workers won’t get to keep their employer-provided coverage.”
The moxie Sen. Cruz showed during his marathon 21-hour Obamacare-funding speech had the dual effect of both shining the spotlight of truth on the inherent lie that is “The Affordable Care Act,” as well as launching this no-nonsense lawmaker’s Reaganesque bona fides into the stratosphere.
Still, while economy and freedom-saving congressional efforts to delay, defund and, ultimately, defeat Obamacare will continue with men like Ted Cruz leading the charge, it remains critical that a judicial cavalry cover his flank.
Matt Barber is founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war. (Follow Matt on Twitter: @jmattbarber).