The conservative plan to use the resolution that funds the government to cripple the president's health-care law has a problem, according to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz: other Republicans.
"The problem right now is we don't have Republicans willing to stand up and do this," Cruz said Monday on The Andrea Tantaros Show, a conservative radio program. "We need 41 Republicans in the Senate or 218 Republicans in the House, to stand together, to join me, to join Mike Lee, to join Marco Rubio, all of whom have said, we will not vote for a single continuing resolution that funds even a penny of Obamacare."
Cruz outlined how he sees the plan going forward, starting with a House resolution that funds the federal government but explicitly outlaws funding for the health-care law.
"The next step is that Harry Reid and President Obama will scream and yell that the mean, nasty Republicans are trying to shut down the federal government in order to defund Obamacare," Cruz said. "And then what we need to have happen is for Republicans to stand together, for us to say, 'No, we're perfectly happy to fund the federal government.'"
Cruz outlined the GOP argument from there: "We have funded the federal government, and why is President Obama trying to fund the federal government?
Because he wants to force Obamacare down the throats of the American people while at the same time he wants to give a waiver for every big corporation in this country," he said, referring to the administration's decision to delay the requirement that businesses provide their employees with health insurance.
Cruz's argument is designed to rebut the charge that the GOP is shutting down the government—a potential spectacle that has GOP moderates and more establishment figures worried.