For attendees at the conservative Values Voter Summit, the defund Obamacare effort at the center of the government shutdown helped reinvigorate conservative opposition to Obamacare, even if Democrats are thus far standing firm against efforts to chip away at the law.
"Well I don't look at this as a last stand or a last chance because I think Obamacare is going to become unraveled, to a certain degree, maybe not totally," furloughed defense contractor and conference attendee Mike Osinik told TPM. "But parts of it will be changed and will be de-scoped to a certain extent. And I think anybody, whether they're on the left or the right, who are standing for their principles fully support that."
Attendees said they did not expect Obamacare to be repealed entirely but the energy brought by conservative lawmakers pushing to fully repeal it helped supporters know the fight would continue.
De-facto leader of the defund-Obamacare movement that led to the government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), delivered a fiery speech at the opening of the convention. "I'm going to suggest a model for how we turn this country around in the next couple of years," Cruz said. "And it is the model that we have been following together for the last couple of months, to stop that train wreck, that disaster, that nightmare that is Obamacare."
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