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Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington Nov/ 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron) Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in Washington Nov/ 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)  

Ted Cruz: Obama disregards the law like in ‘dictatorial societies’

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said that President Barack Obama disregards the law and behaves like the leader of “dictatorial societies.”

The conservative senator, who proudly calls himself a “Wacko Bird” to poke fun at establishment Republican criticisms of him, appeared on Fusion TV’s “America with Jorge Ramos” to accuse the president of outright law-breaking — on his own health-care law.

“One of the most disturbing aspects of the Obama presidency is the willingness of this president to disregard the law, to ignore the law,” Cruz said.

“He unilaterally granted an [Obamacare] exemption for big business for one year. The law says big business doesn’t get an exemption and the president just waved his hand and said, ‘I am granting them an exemption.’ He unilaterally granted an exemption for members of Congress. The law says that members Congress have to be on the exchange without subsidies, just like millions of Americans. The president just waved his hand and said, ‘Ignore that part of the law, I don’t want to enforce it,’” Cruz explained.

Cruz specifically said that Obama’s current attempt to try to get health-insurance companies to cover canceled plans for another year is yet another example of Obama ignoring the negative parts of his own law.

“A president under a constitutional system doesn’t have the ability to pick and choose which laws to follow. And that’s the same pattern you see in dictatorial societies, where a leader says, ‘Ignore the law, go with the power of the president instead of the written law.’ That’s not the way our constitution is supposed to work,” Cruz said.

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