On Tuesday night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got caught in a pickle when he acknowledged his unequivocal support for government-run Veterans Administration (V.A.) healthcare while still attempting to bring down the Affordable Care Act.
Cruz spoke out Tuesday night appealing for the adoption of another piecemeal bill that would restore funding and services to the V.A. At this point, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) called Cruz out on his seemingly contradictory position.
Stabenow asked Cruz, "I'm wondering if your motion includes the full funding of the V.A. medical system, which is a completely government-run, government-controlled health care system." Cruz replied that he does, and that it is unrelated to Obamacare.
The ACA, known as Obamacare, seeks to expand medical coverage to 48 million uninsured Americans through a network primarily consisting of hospitals and private insurance agencies. The law went into effect Oct. 1.
Cruz made headlines in late September for his 21-hour semi-filibuster against Obamacare, in which he reiterated his arguments but also read from Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham.