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Obama didn't watch Sen. Ted Cruz's marathon speech

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President Barack Obama didn't think Sen. Ted Cruz's 21 hour-speech railing against Obamacare was must-see TV, the White House said Wednesday.

When asked whether Obama watched any of the freshman Texas senator’s marathon remarks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “I don’t believe so.”

Cruz spoke out against Obamacare until noon Wednesday, when Senate rules finally forced him to stop.

Cruz and other Republicans would like to tie the defunding of Obamacare to a resolution to keep the federal government running.

The White House sought to downplay the Cruz spectacle altogether Wednesday, looking to focus on the merits of Obama’s signature legislative achievement rather than the Republican's speech.

“Nearly six in 10 Americans will pay less than $100 a month for health coverage,” Carney said highlighting a new report on premiums released by Department of Health and Human Services.

In a potential shot at Cruz, however, Carney highlighted a positive headline about the president’s health reforms from the Houston Chronicle — a home-state newspaper for the Texas Republican.

And Carney argued that a family of four making $50,000 annually would pay $57-a-month under Obamacare’s so-called bronze plan.

The HHS report shows that premiums will be lower than critics predicted. But the analysis also omits a number of data points that would give a fuller portrait of the costs of Obamacare.

The White House is pushing a major media blitz ahead of open enrollment for Obamacare in October.

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