Cruz To CNN Anchor: Thanks For ‘Trying To Lecture Me’ On Obamacare (VIDEO)

An interview involving Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday turned testy when the subject shifted to the Affordable Care Act.

During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Cruz repeated his call to “start over” on health care reform, arguing that the law simply “isn’t working.” Host Chris Cuomo pushed back on that contention.

“How can we say it’s not working when it isn’t implemented yet?” Cuomo asked. “How can you say premiums are skyrocketing when they haven’t put the plans into effect yet?  You’re being a little dangerous with how much political spin you put on something that’s so central to the wellbeing of so many families?”

“Well, I appreciate the adjective you tossed my way,” Cruz shot back.

When Cruz said he’s heard from “men and women across Texas” who have lost their health insurance as a result of Obamacare, Cuomo pressed the senator on what solutions he would offer to those people.

“You don’t think that you have a responsibility as a U.S. Senator to do better than that in terms of offering a solution on what to do next?” the host asked.

“Well, I appreciate you’re trying to lecture me in the morning,” Cruz said. “Thank you for that.”

 

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