Sen. John Cornyn catching next train to stop Obamacare, maybe; Cruz on board

As Twitchy reported, 12 Senators have signed a letter pledging to defund Obamacare, although five names that were expected to be on that letter didn’t materialize. One of those was Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who offered something of an explanation in reply to this tweet:

Cornyn, it seems, has decided to wait for another train. What route he intends to take is unclear, but Ted Cruz, the “very junior” Senator from Texas, is on board with the effort to defund and going full throttle.

Cruz has been making the rounds of conservative talk radio to plead his case, but supporters are pleading for more.

  • Clete Torres

    The answer is simple: If Cornyn doesn’t get on board, Texas Conservatives should primary him and then dump his RINO ass in favor of a real Conservative.

    Same for McCain, Boehner, Rubio, et al.

  • Ben Bollman

    What other possible ‘train’ could Cornyn be on? You are either for or against defunding Obamacare, that is the bottom line. I’m so tired of these damn politicians and their vague ass double-speak. Term limits can’t come soon enough.

    On a happier note, Ted Cruz followed me on Twitter :)

    • Clete Torres

      Congrats, Ben. That’s quite cool.
      I’m nowhere near interesting enough, nor do I tweet with anything resembling regularity.
      @ my handle if anyone is remotely interested.

      Heh, looks like noted internet nitwit Aaron Fleszar followed you too. THREE times, under different aliases.

      • Ben Bollman

        I’m sure that’s not true. I’ll follow you :)

    • GreenEyedGal

      “Seems to me there’s appropriate ways to deal with the law, but shutting down the government to get your way over an unrelated piece of legislation is the political equivalent of throwing a temper tantrum,” Tom Cole (R, Oklahoma) told Fox News Wednesday.

      Instead, for Cole, it’s about the Republicans’ chances in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

      I don’t think most of them really care about defunding Obamacare. They just want to keep their seats in 2014 and 2016. I’m SO F’ING SICK of politicians, I say we primary ALL the RINO bastards and put some real Conservative blood in there. It just makes me so angry. I’m so tired of getting the shaft from these people who are supposed to be our representatives. And they don’t care. They think they have carte blanche to do whatever they want to do. Doesn’t matter what’s right for the country. Doesn’t matter what the Constitution says. It only matters how it will effect the politicians seat in the upcoming election.

      I’m done with my rant. I pulled that quote from this article

      • Ben Bollman

        My thoughts exactly, I’m tired of them putting politics before the people. And let the government shut down, they shut down everything except essential services which is the way it should be anyway.

  • William J. Miller

    Texans, this guy —> @DBrandewie, claims to be John Cornyn’s Press Secretary on Twitter. I tweeted that Cornyn should show some backbone, for once, take a stand and re-sign Senator Lee’s letter.

    His immediate, unsolicited response was: “@JohnCornyn repeatedly voted to defund, repeal, block, and bar implementation of Ocare. Signed lots of letters too.”

    I noticed almost the exact same response to many other tweets. Dismissive much?

    Anyway, I responded: “@DBrandewie This plan has legs, unlike the symbolic vote crap. Does @JohnCornyn work for Mitch McConnell or Texas?”

    He hasn’t answered me. Please, someone jump into the primary!

  • BAW

    I don’t have faith in Cornyn’s conservative principles but I thought he was a smarter politician than this. He’s been fairly consistently following Cruz’s lead, now would not be a good time to try to pretend he’s a leader.

    I’m not supportive of Perry for President but if he really wants to go to DC, having an Aggie in the Senate would be great.

  • americanexile

    Side note: Does anyone else notice that the Cruz image is using the wrong staff? Medical staffs (rod of asclepius) only have one snake.

    Granted, the winged staff in the image is Mercury’s staff- “the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, shepherds, gamblers, liars, and thieves.” So I guess it works with Obamacare.

    • Everett

      It is relatively common, especially in the United States, to find the
      caduceus, with its two snakes and wings, used as a symbol of medicine
      instead of the correct Rod of Asclepius,
      with only a single snake. This usage is erroneous, popularised largely
      as a result of the adoption of the caduceus as its insignia by the U.S. Army Medical Corps
      in 1902 at the insistence of a single officer (though there are
      conflicting claims as to whether this was Capt. Frederick P. Reynolds or
      Col. John R. van Hoff).

  • Moonbeam

    And on which networks are you going to go?

  • susan

    add @jeffflake to this list.

  • 912er

    There is going to be a train wreck one way or the other….If the republicans let Obamacare play out there will be a train wreck and if they defund it there will be a train wreck…..Why do they always choose the option that makes their own party look to be the reason for failure?I’m starting to think it may be on purpose.

  • bill_a_bob

    The problem John is you and the other RINO no shows are on that train in Spain

  • Joe W.

    Go back to hell, Ryan.

  • Clete Torres

    Back? I thought Ry-Ry was the janitor there.

  • WilliamAmos

    Unicorns and healthcare grow on liberal trees.

  • Joe W.

    Name ONE country that has a health care system that the people like & support. Idiot.

  • Ironhawk86

    You care so damn much, let’s you fork over the money for a change you welfare wh0re.

  • NRPax

    And yet my brother, who has been dealing with diabetes since he was six, has never been without health care. Just because you don’t know how to budget out for expenses doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to cover you.

    It’s also funny to notice how many of those people in the countries you are fantasizing about come here for treatment when they can afford it. I have yet to hear about Americans swimming to Cuba for chemotherapy.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    would you please pay our power bill, pleaseeeeeee?
    would you please pay our rent pleaseeeeeee?
    would you please go to work and do our work for us pleaseeee?
    would you please just empty out your domain into our domain pleaseeeeee?
    would you please pay our gas bill pleaseeeee?
    would you please pay our Medicare Taxes pleaseeeeeee?
    would you please pay our City Taxes pleaseeeeee?
    would you please pay our County Taxes pleaseeeee?
    would you please pay our State Taxes pleaseeeee?
    would you please pay our Taxes on Groceries pleaseeeee?
    would you please pay our Medicaid Taxes pleaseeeee?
    would you please pay our Unemployment Taxes pleaseeeeee?
    would you please pay our Apartment Insurance pleaseeeee?
    would you please pay our increased HealthCare Insurance Premiums pleaseeee?
    would you please pay the Ad Valorem Taxes on our car tags pleaseeeee?
    would you please buy our car tags pleaseeeeee?
    would you please buy the toilet paper and wipe our …..?
    will stop there for now?
    waiting for Your answers…..*Crickets*

  • wwbdinct

    We could have changed the preexisting conditions aspect of healthcare without having to completely overhaul the whole entire system. But not one democrat wanted to hear that during the healthcare debate. Please. It’s not about “healthcare” it’s about government control of every aspect of your life.

  • Bathing Suit Area

    Look, if those children wanted to get healthcare, they should take some personal responsibility for choosing to have wealthier parents.

  • Joe W.

    You wouldn’t last 2 days here, Needlenose. Your pansy ass would be handed to you sliced & diced. We don’t like your kind in the Lone Star State. Just stay in San Francisco, and you’ll be just fine with loons just like you.

  • ObamaFail

    Actually, Detroit is hell. It’s run by liberals and Unions, and it’s a bankrupt cesspool. What sane people call hell, you liberals call Utopia.

  • ObamaFail

    Except in Canada, their healthcare system isn’t killing jobs and causing premiums to skyrocket and causing people to get cut down to part time. You know, like Obamacare is doing!

  • Joe W.

    My friend is a nurse in Canada, and she has documented the hell that her father endured during his final year of life. Navigating that system was horrible. You cannot seriously even give me an example of a Canadian who is pleased with their system. Once again, you fail.

  • iconoclast33

    They also do not have 300 million people to fund. And they have the luxury of having a neighbor country supply their military defense needs at no cost to them. Their entire military is 50,000 people. That’s land, air and sea forces. It is a pipe dream that we can afford to have this kind of system in this country. If their system is so great, why do so many come to the U.S. to seek treatment?

  • Bklynnygirl

    February 5, 2010
    THE ISSUE: A Canadian politician’s decision to seek medical treatment in the US.

    Canada’s government-run, universal health-care system has spawned a cottage industry that is the northern equivalent of the southern “coyotes” (“Oh (No) Canada,” Editorial, Feb. 3).

    Guides arrange travel and accommodations into the US for groups of Canadians in need of medical treatments and procedures that government rationing denies them in Canada.

    Jumping the line, for Canadians willing to pay, is illegal. So rather than die waiting in the name of dystopian socialism, they choose to live by coming to US.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    Bull. My sister-in-law is a US citizen working as a classical musician in Canada. Some years ago, her-then-orchestra’s ‘artistic director(he was elderly) lost his balance, fell of the conductors stand, and hit his head. He was taken to the local hospital…where he had to wait 5 HOURS before he even got into triage. Five. Hours. At my local hospitals here in my Texas city
    , an elderly person with a head injury might be waiting 5 minutes…if that.

  • MarcusFenix

    Which is why Canadians have a long history of coming to the US for their health care needs? Because waiting months and months on end for basic procedures really shows how effective the system is there. Germany and Britain also run these types of health care systems, with the same results.

    It’s one thing to change regulations based on the pre-existing condition problem. It’s another to try and ram this kind of legislation down the throats of the populace, while inflating the burden on average citizens that it’s now being demonstrated has inflated their own insurance costs 3x or more.

    Yeah, making things more expensive for everyone, so that minute parts of the population can get health care, rather that simply set up a program for those who can’t get access and leave the masses out of forced programs, works really well. /sarc off

  • Michael Anderson (WB)

    Dual Canada/US citizen, former Canadian resident here. My wife and kids have some significant health problems which are quite expensive to treat here in the US. Even so I would never consider living the Canada because it would be deadly, especially for my wife.

    A common news report in Canada is the outing of a politician who chose to seek care in the US instead of waiting in line or accepting the death penalty. Once the news comes out, the politician is out of a job, he/she must resign in disgrace. Instead of facing reality and trying to do something about a broken system, the Canadian government and press (one and the same) push the politician out.

    After looking at it for years I have come to the conclusion that Canada has a state religion. That religion is universal health care. Anyone who brings evidence against the state religion is excommunicated. People who do not examine the results of the religion accept on faith that it is the truth and just believe.

  • Joe W.

    Nah. Ryan doesn’t work. Never has. Never will. He’s a liberal loon. Unemployable.

  • ObamaFail

    Ryan’s a lifelong welfare and food stamp leech. That’s why he always votes Democrat. They promise that you don’t have to work. They even actively work to kill jobs to make sure that guys like Ryan don’t have to be productive.

  • Joe W.

    But they cannot get treatment for their diseases and illnesses, either.

  • Joe W.

    So you offer me a poll conducted by a liberal think tank?? FAIL. This is from the liberal “Wikipedia”, Ryan. :

    “IPPR (the Institute for Public Policy Research) is a thinktank based in the UK with a centre-left viewpoint. It was founded in 1988. It produces research and policy ideas committed to upholding values of social justice, democratic reform and environmental sustainability.”

    That garbage does not mean squat, Junior. Try again.

  • MarcusFenix

    Who doesn’t support “free” stuff? I’m sure if you asked every person who had one…”Hey, do you like your Obamaphone?”, how many do you think would answer “No.”?

  • vphilly

    You are seriously an effing joke and one stupid bastard. Take your little left wing “poll” and shove it deep.

  • calhou

    90% of Canadians support what they perceive to be free. No different from the dolts who support Obloatedcare.

  • NRPax

    “Socialism is for the people, not the socialist.” -Andrew Wilkow.

  • vphilly

    They will literally try *anything* No lie or cheat is too low for them. He knew where that poll came from and he was hoping you wouldn’t find out. Of course, as soon as you called his bullshit, he disappeared and hasn’t been heard from since. He’ll just resurface another day with more lying, cheating behavior.

  • AMSilver

    Additionally, we in the US are subsidizing the healthcare costs for the rest of the world (the drugs in Canada, for example, are cheaper than in the US because US pharmacuetical companies have agreed to charge Canadians less, and have got Congress to outlaw reimportation of the now cheaper meds – engaging in price fixing that causes the US consumer to pick up the tab for all those socialized countries) and are also funding all the new research & innovation for the rest of the world.

  • calhou

    and why have so many of their doctors and nurses immigrated to the US?

  • calhou

    maybe in a couple of years you will………….

  • calhou

    Children ALREADY HAVE insurance (ie: programs like Chips)

  • NRPax

    Sadly, I’m contemplating setting money aside for medical tourism.

  • NRPax

    Calhou, facts won’t work on BSA. He’s an emotions only kind of troll.

  • Michael Anderson (WB)

    This is probably one of the scariest aspects of Obamacare. What happens when no country on earth will subsidize the costs of developing new drugs for rare conditions? That research will be de-prioritized and de-funded and people with the rarer conditions will just die. Global government run healthcare is a death sentence for those people.

  • Adela Wagner

    Marcus beat me to it. Kinda like those on the Hill that say “Obamacare for thee, but not for ME”. But there’s more…even Canada’s POLITICIANS come here for surgery.

    As far as the pre-existing thing goes. That kind of makes “insurance” a moot point. Insurance is set up to be a “sharing of the risk”. IN CASE something happens.Not a membership and payout after the fact. Makes as much sense as carrying no car insurance, getting into an accident with major injuries and totaling your car THEN going out and buying an insurance policy, paying the first premium and expecting them to cover everything that’s already happened. Where does that money come from? The companies back pocket? NO rates would go sky high for everyone who has insurance and busts their buttocks to make regular payments.