Republican Sen. Ted Cruz met with President Obama today to discuss ending the government shutdown.
He told reporters that “I told the president exactly the same thing I have told you here today: That we need to work together and fund the government and at the same time provide substantial relief to the millions of people who are hurting because of Obamacare, who are losing their jobs, being forced into part-time work and losing their health insurance.”
He offered no alternative plan under which those ostensibly “hurting because of Obamacare” might seek economic or medical redress.
Cruz characterized the meeting as a “discussion,” but said it was neither a “conversation” nor a “negotiation.” On ABC’s This Week this past Sunday, House majority leader John Boehner said all he wanted from the president was “to have a conversation,” which apparently didn’t happen today.
“We began talking, that was good today. But he continued to maintain that he will not negotiate or compromise on anything,” Cruz said. “And if that is the position, that’s not going to lead to a resolution.”
Sen. Cruz has indicated that he wouldn’t accept anything short of a full repeal of Obamacare, so what concessions he would be willing to offer the president are unknown. But, he insists, “I’m glad that we are finally having discussions.”
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