Comments about ‘Sen. Ted Cruz's talkathon in favor of defunding Obamacare ends after 21 hours, 19 minutes’

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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

We are watching the destruction of the GOP. Hundreds of thousands of people stayed home in the 2012 election because Romney was too moderate. The Old Guard GOP is saying we need to reach out to left-leaning people.
In the end, this is the Big Tent idea that has only resulted in the GOP losing elections.
So, you either believe the GOP needs to stand by its conservative platform (which is what Cruz and Lee are doing) or you need to go along with the Washington ruling class (which is what Hatch is doing).
The old guard has the campaign money and the conservatives have the grassroots foot soldiers.
Forming a third party or not supporting the old guard candidates yield the same results. The left wins either way.
The GOP deserves to die anyway.

Woods Cross, UT

The filibuster that isn't a filibuster. Healthcare will not be defunded.

metamora, IL

Oatmeal: I think you mean Obamacare will not be defunded. Obamacare does not equate to healthcare. They are not the same.

Salt Lake City, UT

Wow, that's quite offensive of Cruz to compare this battle to the battle against the Nazis--a slap in the face to every Jew and western ally who died at the hands of Hitler's regime. Not even in the same book.

Sandy, UT

So Lee's foot was run over when he was a child huh... Bet his parents healthcare covered him.

Leo Femedlers
El Paso, TX

The senator from Illinois promised he would change America if elected. That he has...

It is extremely unfortunate, no--tragic, that the rest of the GOP aren't standing with this good man and fighting for the freedoms that so many fought and died for.

Senator Hatch, I'm ashamed of you.

Provo, UT

Senators Cruz and Lee made their fortunes and got their benefits. Why should they care about the general welfare of the poor? One wonders if either Cruz or Senator Lee read "promote gneral welfare" in the opening line of the Constitution.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

It's not a proud moment when the floor of the U.S. Senate is the stage for political theatrics. The people they represent have a right to expect members of Congress to take their jobs seriously.

Sugar City, ID

Meanwhile. Labrador's bill gets no attention.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hatch is no different than Arlen Specter, MCConnell, Croyn, McCain, Graham and Jeb Bush........if these RINOs are defeated in their re-elections, then this speech was worth vetting them out as the supporters of Obamacare that they are.......

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

jp3 said: "Wow, that's quite offensive of Cruz to compare this battle to the battle against the Nazis--a slap in the face to every Jew and western ally who died at the hands of Hitler's regime. Not even in the same book."

Texas writes their own history books. Don't your remember how all Hitler wanted, was to give healthcare to the German people?

He also used "Green Egg's and Ham" in a silly parody, apparently unaware of how that story ended.

St. George, UT

As an ardent democrat, I can't tell you how much it warms my heart to see folks here calling McConnell, McCain, Graham, et. al., RINO.

When the fringe takes over the center and the center leaves, you know your party is in its twilight years. I only hope the extremists continue to push the GOP to the right -- away from the rest of America.

St. George, UT

Meanwhile, the rate tables for the Obamacare exchanges are out today, and the costs are even lower than originally anticipated.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

I seldom have anything good to say about Fox News, but it was a delight when Chris Wallace exposed Ted Cruz' initial ignorance of Senate rule 22 which allows a simple majority vote on the amendment pertaining to funding of the Affordable Care Act.

Viva la Migra
American Fork, UT

The problem with Obamacare are the lies told to sell it to the American people. We were told that if we had a health care plan from an employer we liked, we could keep it.

We just attended an initial company meeting prior to our upcoming open enrollment, and it turns out that in 2014, all of the plans previously offered by our employer are no longer available. Instead we will be allowed to choose from Exchange-like "bronze" "silver" "gold" plans. It appears that there will be no difference in coverage offered from these plans compared to the same plans on the exchange.

We were also told that our premiums would be based on age, zip code, whether a family member smoked, just like the exchange plans. Just the zip code factor means some of my co-workers will be paying $400 more than others for the same plan, simply based on where they live.

We don't have any plan details yet, but from what I've seen on some of the state health care sites, they will be high-deductible ($2000 per person), with much higher office and prescription costs.

Salt Lake City, UT

Democrats are not in the center and neither is Obama............Cruz gave a great speech and almost eclipsed left of center, liberal Senator Strom Thurmond's speech and filibuster to block Civil Right for Blacks given back in 1957! But when it comes to speech's ...Obama's resist we much speech was a classic!

Columbus, OH

I have to agree with Happy Valley Heretic. I found the Green Eggs and Ham reference terribly ironic. It proves the exact opposite point. People are afraid of Obamacare...they're told they will hate it...they don't want any part of it. In the end, however, if we are to follow Sen. Cruz's analogy, once they actually try it they will find they actually like it. That's exactly what Republicans are afraid of. If it is implemented and it's successful, this will be a badge Democrats can wear for decades. If it was actually doomed to failure, however, Republicans could use that to their advantage for a very long time.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Viva la Migra,

I find it hard to swallow that this is information you're getting from your employer.

St. George, UT

Viva la Migra: if your company is going cheap on healthcare and blaming it on Obamacare, that's a problem with your company, not Obamacare. Also, the key to understanding your comment is in this quote: "We don't have plan details yet..." Lack of info has never stopped the Obamahaters from going off.

TRUTH: Strom Thurmond liberal? He was a democrat until the 1960s, yes, but he was never ever a liberal. He became a Republican because he thought his party had become too liberal--specifically with regards to civil rights. Sorry, but you get a D- on today's history homework.

Salt Lake City, UT

Good to know Cruz wants to drain as much time as possible off the clock. Heh, and people say Republicans don't want a gov't shutdown. They just want to force the Senate to vote on a bill so late in the process thanks to procedural rules that reconciliation with the House won't be completed in time.

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