The Texas Republican, in an interview broadcast on ABC's "This Week," blamed President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for the 16-day government shutdown, saying there "never would have been a shutdown" if they were willing to negotiate and compromise.
"I would do anything and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare," the Affordable Care Act, Cruz said. "What I intend to do is continue standing with the American people to work to stop Obamacare, because it isn't working. It's costing people's jobs and it's taking away their healthcare."
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush represented the other side of what had become a divide in the Republican Party. His disagreement was on strategy rather than policy.
Bush said Republicans in Congress should not have used government funding and the debt ceiling as markers in the battle over the president's healthcare plan. He suggested that the Affordable Care Act will fail on its own.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the other hand, said that the new law is working, although she said problems with the computer system are "unacceptable."
" This has to be fixed but what doesn't have to be fixed is the fact that tens of millions more people will have access to affordable, quality health care that no longer having a pre-existing medical condition will bar you from getting affordable care, that all of the initiatives that are very positive for a healthier life, liberty to pursue your happiness not chained to a policy but following your passion, all of that is in place," Pelosi said.
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