Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told CNN’s Dana Bash that Republicans would have defunded Obamacare if they had accused Democrats of holding kids with cancer “hostage.”
In an interview that aired Sunday, Bash asked if Cruz was bothered “on a human level” that his own party turned against him and members of the GOP said reasoning with Cruz was “like an intervention.”
“Not remotely,” Cruz insisted. “I work for 26 million Texans, that’s my job to fight for them. I don’t work for the party bosses in Washington."
He said he was elected not to work with other members of Congress.
"The reason people are frustrated all over the country is that far too many people get elected and they think they’re there to be part of the club," he said.
Cruz recalled Bash asking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., why the Senate wouldn’t capitulate to the House so that the National Institutes of Health could resume cancer treatment for children.
Cruz said had the Senate Republicans united with House Republicans and accused the Democrats of taking ‘”kids with illnesses hostage,” they might have won the battle.
He said there was weakness on the part of Democrats and that Reid was an example of that.
President Obama and the Democrats’ position throughout this is, ‘We will not negotiate, we will not compromise, shut it all down.’ That’s not a reasonable position,” he explained. “If Senate Republicans had united and supported House Republicans, if we had 46 Senate Republicans on television every day, in the media every day making the point, ‘Why won’t they fund the VA, why are they holding our veterans hostage? Why won’t they fund the NIH, why are they holding kids with illnesses hostage?’”
“That’s a fight we could win because their position was unreasonable,” he added.
Bash later asked Cruz if he believed Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sibelius should step down from her position.
“Absolutely she should resign,” he responded. “Why? Because the program she has implemented which is Obamacare is a disaster, it’s not working, it’s hurting people all across this country.
Almost a half a million Americans have applied for Obamacare since Healthcare.gov opened up Oct. 1, according to ThinkProgress.