Fox News Sunday Special Guest: Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas
Transcript: Sunday, April 12, 2043
Host: Sam Thompson
Thompson: I’m Sam Thompson. Congress is considering a Democratic-sponsored bill to alter drastically the Affordable Care Act, changing it from the existing 30-year law mandating individuals have health insurance which can be purchased through state-run exchanges into something resembling Medicare. Here to discuss the opposition to this measure is Senator Ted. Cruz, a Republican from Texas.
Senator Cruz has been on Fox News Sunday more than 125 times in his illustrious 30-year career in the Senate.
Welcome back to Fox News Sunday, Senator.
Cruz: Thank you, Sam. It’s great to be with you this morning. I always enjoy appearing on Fox News Sunday, where the questions are incisive but fair, unlike your competitors in the “lamestream” media.
Thompson: Thank you, Senator. You say you will do whatever you can, filibuster, shut down the government, bring the United States to default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, to block passage of the bill sponsored by Senator Chelsea Clinton of New York to alter the Affordable Care Act, often called colloquially “Obamacare.” What are your objections to the change, which proponents say will strengthen health care in the United States by lowering premiums and will make everyone’s health insurance similar to what seniors have had for almost a century under Medicare?
Cruz: Well, let’s be clear. As you know, and as your viewers know, I have been a fighter for health care for all Americans in my thirty years in the Senate. Back when I first entered the Senate, I worked zealously on behalf of my constituents and all Americans to insure that the new Affordable Care Act would work fairly for all. People liked to call it “Obamacare,” certainly the former president liked that moniker, but in all honesty the success, and it has been very successful, of Affordable Care has been because of my efforts and the efforts of other like-minded conservatives.
Thompson: Your tireless efforts to protect the current health insurance law is why some of your fellow conservatives now call it “Cruzcare.”
Cruz: Well, I don’t know about that...
Thompson: But Senator, you have been clear about why you favor the existing law, but you have not, at least according to your critics, explained what you don’t like about Senator Clinton’s bill.
Cruz: Let’s be clear about what Senator Clinton is proposing. Her bill, if enacted, would turn the Affordable Care Act from one in which Americans buy insurance through state-run exchanges, which is a traditional Republican approach, by the way, into something like a single-payer system. It would turn American healthcare insurance into a national plan like in Canada or the United Kingdom. We must stop this now.
Thompson: Senator Clinton says her proposal would lower premiums for all Americans, especially for those in the middle class, while delivering quality care to all.
Cruz: That is typical liberal posturing. The truth is it would place a new entitlement -- the so-called right to inexpensive health care -- on top of the existing ones, an entitlement we can’t afford. We must stop this now, because if Senator Clinton’s proposal ever becomes law, it will hook Americans on the subsidies, addicting them to the sugar.
Thompson: Polls show a majority of Americans favor your opposition to changing the health insurance law. But liberals say, and here I quote Senator Clinton, “Americans will see the virtue of my proposal once it’s in place. The same thing happened with Medicare and Obamacare,” her term Senator, not mine. She goes on, “Conservative Republicans fought against both proposals, and there was much public reluctance, but once they became law, public opinion shifted rapidly.”
Cruz: That’s the sugar I’ve been talking about.
Thompson: Well, Senator, we are out of time. Thanks again for appearing on Fox News Sunday.
Cruz: My pleasure, Sam. Always wonderful to be among friends.