In fact, Cruz could have obliquely contributed to conservative strength at the polls.
Cruz helped clarify faults of the monstrous bill for many of us who listened during his marathon speech. He apparently struck a nerve with a majority of Americans.
Opposition Republicans, however, believe Cruz’s filibuster was detrimental to their hopes in 2014 elections, but this is not yet a proven fact. Nationalized health care is not only about politics; it is about the wishes and welfare of the American people. Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to forget their charter and the Obamacare issue is a prime example.
According to a recent NBC.com poll, by a 45 percent to 23 percent margin, Americans say it will have a negative impact on the country's health-care system rather than a positive one.
Even Obama supporters like big unions are now opposing the bill. Just count the types of waivers--six types at present--already issued to members of Congress and their staff, Democratic donors and select big businesses in the private sector.
Because the law spawned so many waivers and at least fourteen changes early on, it must be a bad law. Many predict the health exchanges will not function properly.
Apparently, the whole system is a mess. From a technical view, its implementation is amateurish.
Even if one understands the law, it is complicated, cumbersome and not cost-effective to operate. Thus far, the government Website has so many glitches it cannot calculate the amount of premiums due under the different plans.
Millions are to use the system, but as of today--its launch day--it is not ready to handle even a smidgeon of users, and the so-called 'Navigators' appear to lack proper training to advise people. Most worrisome is the invasion of privacy issue--personal medical records will be in the hands of government bureaucrats.
In view of recent scandals, notably the IRS and NSA, how safe will our information be in the morass of government databases?
Financially, those who presently have insurance will pay more for less. It will be more expensive especially for younger Americans, many of whom will simply opt-out.
According to a Forbes article, Obamacare will increase insurance premiums 99% for men and 62% for women.
In a Washington Times article, Senator Rand Paul asks,
"Why must the American people suffer when even so many Democrats don’t want Obamacare?"
Furthermore, employers are slashing their workforce and splitting work schedules to avoid 'full-time' payrolls--a definite negative impact on our economy.
We dread the effects of another government quagmire—run by the feared IRS—and most importantly, the economic fallout Obamacare will bring. In an already sluggish economy, we do not need another bureaucratic albatross.
Cruz sounded the warning. In doing so, he also augmented the political strategy of 'giving enough rope' to the Democrats to hang come election time. Without his oration, many of us would be in a fog of confusion caused by Obama’s rhetoric, advertising paid by taxpayers, shrills of disinformation and the left-leaning media.
Yes, Cruz broke the ranks of old school politics inside the beltway, and he ruffled some feathers. Perhaps we need more mavericks like Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio.
As Cruz penned in an op-ed for Real Clear Politics,
“It’s time to quit worrying about power and blame and simply do what’s right.”
In the midst of the government shutdown standoff, the blame game has begun. In essence, the government was shutdown by an egotistical Senate intent on protecting their own skin--Obamacare waivers and exemptions.
We are at a pivotal point where Washington politicos have the opportunity to fight for what is right for the American people and not necessarily for their party.