The crusade against Obamacare that has elevated Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to national prominence was all for naught, according to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
On his Friday program, Scarborough seconded an argument by the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, who said even if the GOP sweeps 2014 or 2016 and gains control of Congress and the White House, putting an end to the 2010 health care reform law will be unlikely due to the Cruz-Lee efforts that led to this latest government shutdown.
“[M]y argument has always been what you’re doing now is really hurting for 2014 and 2016,” Scarborough said. “Ted Cruz would say and Mike Lee would say, ‘OK, well great, what are we going to do, win 60?’ Even in the best of years we may just get a majority, we’re not going to be able to stop Obamacare then.”
“So, then you tell us let’s wait until 2016,” he continued. “As Sam Stein just said, even if Republicans win everything in 2016, it is too late. So, this argument to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and others, ‘Hey, just sit back, let’s win this one in 2016, we’ll win everything,’ has just been undermined by right-wing nut Sam Stein, and he’s exactly right. By 2016, it’s just too late.”