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Ted Cruz encouraged by Joe Manchin's support for Obamacare mandate delay

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is encouraged by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who decided decision to support the delay of Obamacare's individual mandate, but the freshman lawmaker believes that a full defunding of the law remains necessary.

"It's good news; it shows that Washington is starting to listen to the people realizing that Obamacare is a disaster," Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton told the Washington Examiner. "We continue to to push for full defund as the only way to stop Obamacare."

Manchin told reporters Thursday that a delay of the individual mandate, the centerpiece of the health care law, is "very reasonable and sensible" given that President Obama has delayed the mandate for businesses.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced that the House will attach the mandate delay to legislation that raises the debt ceiling.

Obama demanded a debt ceiling increase free of any other policy items. "I will not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America," he said during a speech at Prince George's Community College in Maryland Thursday.

“Well, I'm sorry, but it doesn't work that way,” Boehner said while discussing Obama's unwillingness to negotiate on the debt ceiling.

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