ObamaCare continues to dominate headlines, especially after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled an all-nighter in opposition to the controversial bill. On Wednesday the Senate moved forward with a vote anyway, according to Fox News' Sept. 25 report on the issue.
Sen. Cruz's actions, while seemingly unproductive to his detractors, serve to keep him in favor with the constituency back home who expect him to fight to defund this bill or face their ire at re-election time.
ObamaCare isn't working," he told his Senate audience, chastising those around him who refuse to join his fight, further stating that "There are politicians in this body who are not listening to the people."
When democratic congressional members didn't listen to their constituents back home a couple of years back, they felt it at re-election time, with Republicans gaining control of the House as a result, even taking Nancy Pelosi's position from her. So Cruz makes a good point.
The GOP appears to be divided to some degree on how best to defund ObamaCare successfully and still not shut down the government. And that's where common sense comes into play: they can't.
But what they can do is let the American public express their ire about ObamaCare at the polls during the next presidential and congressional elections. And if Sen. Ted Cruz is right--that the majority of people don't want this health care bill--then they will give Republicans control of the White House, Senate and House in order to reverse it. And all those senators who refused to "listen to the people" will be out of a job.
And that's how the government should work: by employing representatives and senators who vote the way the people want, not the way they benefit most.