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Cruz: Obama Snubbed Americans Who have Lost Healthcare Coverage.


Sen. Ted Cruz took President Barack Obama to task Tuesday night for failing to mention the millions of Americans who he says have lost their health coverage because of Obamacare.

The Texas Republican also told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly shortly after the State of the Union speech that the administration’s economic policies were “killing off” off jobs and small businesses.

“It’s interesting, because there’s very little ‘action’ there that was actually responsive to what the American people are feeling and what they’re experiencing,” the tea party favorite said.

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“If you listen to what he said tonight, he didn’t say a single word that acknowledged that the Obama economic policies have resulted in the lowest labor force participation since 1978. Millions of Americans have lost [their] jobs because of the Obama economic policies.”

“You know what was striking . . . tonight throughout an hour-plus speech?” he continued. “The president didn’t say a single word to the over five million Americans who’ve had their health insurance cancelled because of Obamacare. He left them in the cold.

‘If he thinks Americans want action, what they’d like is for the federal government to stop taking away their health insurance, taking away their jobs, forcing them into part-time work. And sadly, he provided no relief whatsoever on those grounds,” Cruz added.

Cruz, whose battle to defund Obamacare resulted in a government shutdown last October, also took the administration to task for spying on millions of Americans.

“We’ve had an awful lot of government focused on the lives of the American people,” he said. “Spying on our cell phones, on our emails — whether it’s the NSA or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or HHS or the IRS. And you’re right, a lot of Americans would like the government to butt out,” he said.

“But even more importantly, people would like the government to stop putting massive regulations, massive taxes, that are killing small businesses and are killing jobs. Obamacare is the biggest job killer in the country.”

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By Drew MacKenzie

Gallup: Most Americans Satisfied With Current Health Coverage.


Americans have a very positive view of their current healthcare coverage, with 69 percent of respondents in the latest Gallup survey saying their personal insurance is excellent or good.

But only 32 percent of respondents in Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare poll released Monday said they have a positive view of healthcare coverage across the rest of the country.

The survey of 1,039 adults taken Nov. 7-10, also found that 59 percent of Americans are satisfied with the cost of their coverage, a number that has been fairly consistent in the annual poll over the past decade. At the same time, however, only 24 percent are satisfied with costs across the nation when compared to their own.

Gallup researchers noted that it’s not unusual for there to be discrepancies between how Americans view their personal healthcare situation versus the rest of the nation.

The poll also found that a majority of Americans, 54 percent, have a positive view of the quality of U.S. healthcare, but that figure is down from 62 percent last year and in 2010. However, the latest survey shows revealed 79 percent of respondents are very satisfied with the quality of that personal care, a figure that has remained consistent over the last decade.

Still, a majority of Americans, 52 percent, think the U.S. healthcare system has problems, but only 21 percent believe it is in crisis. But the latter figure is significantly up from 2001 when only 5 percent said it was in a state of crisis.

Nearly twice as many Americans, or about 19 percent, now view healthcare as the most important problem facing the nation compared to just a few months ago, which is likely the result of the increased focus on Obamacare since the troubled launch of the HealthCare.gov website Oct. 1.

However, 56 percent of respondents in the Gallup survey do not think it is the government’s responsibility to make sure Americans carry health insurance, and 61 percent said they prefer a healthcare system based on private insurance. Thirty-four percent said they prefer a government-run system.

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By Courtney Coren

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