Cruz Toys With The Idea Of Using Sebelius Replacement To Repeal Obamacare

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April 11, 2014 2:56 p.m.

Fox News gave Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) the opportunity Friday to say that he would use the confirmation of the next Health and Human Services Secretary as an instrument in his quixotic quest to repeal Obamacare.

He didn’t exactly say he would try to block the confirmation of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated to replace Kathleen Sebelius — but he didn’t exactly pass on it either.

“I think Burwell presents an ideal opportunity to examine the failures that are Obamacare. And four years ago, reasonable minds could have differed over whether this thing might work,” Cruz said. “Today, seeing the disaster, seeing the trainwreck that is Obamacare, in my view, it is the essence of pragmatism to acknowledge this thing isn’t working. We need to start over, repeal every word of it. Start over.”

Cruz’s options would appear limited, though, after Senate Democrats detonated the nuclear option on filibusters for confirmation votes.

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