Texas’s Canadian born senator, Ted Cruz (R), occupied the senate floor for almost 24 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. He delivered what has come to be known in some quarters as a “faux-libuster.” This is due to the fact that it was not an attempt to delay any votes and therefore not really a filibuster. During one portion of the soliloquy Ted Cruz read the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham,” and connected the plot to Americans’ response to Obamacare.
Let me say more broadly to everyone,’Green Eggs and Ham’ has some applicability, as curious as it might sound, to ObamaCare, because 3 and 1/2 years ago President Obama and Senate Democrats told the American people, Just try ObamaCare. Just try it. There were an awful lot of Republicans who were very skeptical of it, I think for good reasons, but very skeptical. And we were told try it, try it, try it, try it. Unfortunately, through an exercise of brute political force, ObamaCare became the law of the land.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill weighed in Wednesday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying
I went to the University of Missouri, I did not go to Harvard. But my daughter texted me this morning and said ‘Mom, does he not know the point of the story?’ It’s that you can’t knock things until you try it.
In fairness to the Tex-Canadian senator, he did say this about his comparison:
But the difference with “Green Eggs and Ham” is when Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like ObamaCare either. They did not like ObamaCare in a box, with a fox, in a house, or with a mouse. It is not working.
Ted Cruz’s Filibuster, Busted
What Ted Cruz doesn’t want to say is that most Americans really have no idea of whether they like Obamacare or not; most of its provisions have not yet taken effect. For the most part, Americans have only had the statements of dishonest politicians like Ted Cruz to go on. Also, the false claims of various multi-million dollar anti-Obamacare ad campaigns are misleading people about the law.
Contrary to Senator Ted Cruz’s claim, Americans seem to be warming to the law. A new Rasmussen poll, released on September 23, reveals that 30 percent of Americans believe that Obamacare will improve health care in America. That number stood at 22 percent in August. The report also says that 51 percent believe that the law will make health care worse, but they observe that that is the lowest number since this past February.
It is almost comical in another way that our über-patriotic dual citizen, Senator Ted Cruz would offer the words of Dr. Seuss as a vehicle to explain the right’s opposition to Obamacare. Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was the author of several books that sparked controversy in various locales over the years. Most recently the American right wing created a furor over his book “The Lorax,” and the movie of the same name because of its “pro-environment” and “anti-industry” theme.
Perhaps if Dr. Seuss were alive today, he might have penned a little diddy like this for Ted Cruz to enjoy:
I find that I like Dr. Seuss
Far more than I like Mr. Cruz.
And I do like green eggs and ham,
And I will eat them, Ted-I-am.
We will love Obamacare
Despite the cruel attempt to scare.
Senator McCaskill’s comments on video mock Ted Cruz for his ignorance. McCaskill also set the record straight about the “congress is exempt from Obamacare” lie. Here’s the video: