Idiot Quote of the Day

Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the first congressman out of the gate this morning with a reaction to the DC Circuit’s ruling striking down subsidies for the federal health insurance exchange — a ruling which will almost certainly be overturned — and he hit every branch on his way down the Stupid Tree.

CRUZ: “The D.C. Circuit’s decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it. The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse. This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies. This is a significant victory for the American people and the rule of law, but we must not rest. Americans will continue to lose jobs, pay higher premiums, and receive fewer healthcare choices because of this disastrous law. Every last word of Obamacare must be repealed to restore jobs, growth, and opportunity in our country.”

The idea that Congress had no intention of providing subsidies to the federal exchange is, in a word, preposterous. And yet that was the reasoning two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court used in their ruling today. A ruling that was contradicted just two hours later by the 4th Circuit.

The ruling has nothing to do with ‘insidious penalties and mandates,’ but if enforced it would certainly lead to higher premiums.

Is that what Ted Cruz wants? Higher premiums? Based on this statement we can infer that Ted Cruz thinks higher premiums are a bad thing, but it’s also clear that he believes today’s ruling is a great victory for opponents of affordable healthcare. Cruz has contradicted himself within a single paragraph.

By all means, Ted Cruz should continue to campaign against repealing “every last word of Obamacare,” including the words that provide Medicaid to millions of people, keep children on their parents’ plans, and end pre-existing conditions.

Campaign on that and see how far it gets you in the general election.

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  • Christopher Foxx

    Americans will continue to lose jobs, pay higher premiums, and receive fewer healthcare choices because of this disastrous law….

    Clearly Teddy is talking about Bizzarro World. That’s where a law that actually reduced premiums and increased health care is accused of doing the opposite.

    On Bizarro World, Teddy is an intelligent and honest man.

  • bphoon

    Ted Cruz is, all at the same time, a walking contradiction and the personification of all that is stupid.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Well-rehearsed, carefully-scripted rhetorical nonsense. Like everything else Republicans say.

  • muselet

    Ted Cruz’s gibberish is even dumber than it appears at first glance.

    Steve Benen quotes Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University:

    A key section says, “Each state shall … establish an … Exchange,” but another section provides that if a state “elects” not to establish the “required Exchange,” the secretary of health and human services must “establish and operate such Exchange.” These sections both require states to establish exchanges and allow them not to do so.

    Congress gave the IRS the responsibility to resolve such contradictions, and the IRS adopted the only reasonable approach. If a state does not create the “required Exchange,” HHS steps into its shoes and sets up “such Exchange.” The law, in other words, requires the federal government to create the “Exchange established by the state,” with the same authorities and responsibilities as state exchanges, including offering premium tax credits.

    [emphasis added]

    Cruz is supposedly a smart guy. That he’s claiming the IRS is usurping Congressional authority shows he’s either not so very bright or his cynicism knows no bounds.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      I don’t think Cruz is nearly as dumb as he pretends to be. He may be the biggest fraud in Washington. A completely fraudulent character rivaled only by the likes of Rand Paul and Paul Ryan.

      • Brutlyhonest

        All these loud-mouthed wingnuts can’t possibly be as stupid as they appear to us. The problem, however, is that the crap they spew goes uncontested in the right wing echo chamber AND the “liberal” news broadcasts.

        • JMAshby

          Cruz is a special case. Here’s a guy who refused to study with students who transferred from “lesser ivy league” schools while he was at Harvard. He’s argued (and lost) in front of the Supreme Court. He knows the ruling today was bullroar, but he has an agenda to sell and a campaign to wage.

      • muselet

        In all seriousness (for once), I don’t think Ted Cruz is dumb per se. What he has is that very particular kind of brain which is perfectly suited for a legal education. That’s not actually a slap, since it does take a certain kind of intellect to do well in law school (just as it takes certain kinds of intellects to do well in every other field).

        The problem is that his kind of intelligence doesn’t work all that well in the real world.

        And I think you’re right about him being a fraud.

        –alopecia