In one corner of Washington, D.C., Texas Sen. Ted Cruz blows smoke
up the tea party's you-know-what:
“I am absolutely convinced we are going to repeal every single word of Obamacare,” Cruz told the Tea Party audience.
Meanwhile, in another corner
, House Republicans let the truth out of the bag: They can't come up with something to replace Obamacare, so instead they are lowering their sights and would be happy to get a one-year delay of one aspect of the law. Specifically:
In the latest salvo against President Obama’s health care law, the House of Representatives plans next week to vote on a bill to delay the individual mandate for a year. [...] The new bill would effectively push back that implementation timeline for a year, by setting the fine at $0 for 2014 and then reducing the 2015 fine to $95 (the current 2014 level).
Remember, this bill is the end result
of what Republicans had promised would be yet another effort to repeal Obamacare, except this time with a replacement. Yet even if the House bill were to pass, and President Obama were to sign it, Obamacare would still be intact, the individual mandate would still be intact, and things would be remarkably similar to how they are today. Moral of the story: No matter how many times Ted Cruz whispers sweet nothings in the ear of tea partiers, Obamacare is here to stay—and Republicans know it.