Sen. Ted Cruz, an outspoken freshman from Texas, announced Tuesday he has joined the ranks of lawmakers who are still seeking a legislative repeal of President Obama’s health-care law in the new Congress.
Mr. Cruz touted 23 Republican sponsors for his new bill to kill “Obamacare,” saying the law is destined to reduce the quality of health care in the U.S. and will “insert government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors.”
Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to chip away at Mr. Obama’s signature first-term achievement, even though the Supreme Court upheld the law in June and most of the drama surrounding its implementation has shifted to the states.
In his press release Tuesday, Mr. Cruz acknowledged that his bill faces poor prospects in the face of Mr. Obama’s re-election and a Democrat-controlled Senate.
“I promised the voters of Texas that the first bill I would file as a U.S. Senator would be to repeal every last word of Obamacare, and that’s a promise I’m proud to keep,” Mr. Cruz said. “Unfortunately, this bill will not pass in the current Congress, but I will continue working hard until we have the votes to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.”