It was likely the first time the two men confronted one another in a room when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas informed President Barack Obama what must be done concerning Obamacare. An October 11, 2013 story in Politico suggests that the meeting, attended by a group of senators, must not have been pleasant insofar as the president was concerned.
“Cruz told Obama that any deal to reopen the government must also provide relief for those negatively affected by Obamacare. In a long gaggle with reporters, Cruz did not use the word ‘defund’ to describe his aspirations for changes to the health care law, but said he wants ‘substantial’ changes.”
Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary, refused to comment on the exchange.
It is unlikely that the president was moved, except toward irritation, by Cruz’s instructions about what must be done with Obamacare. The senator was somewhat vague about what those “substantial changes” to the Affordable Care Act must entail. Cruz has been on record in favor of repealing the entire law and starting over again. The president is unlikely to agree to that, no matter the current problems with the law as it exists.