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Ted Cruz promises to 'do anything' to stop Obamacare in January

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz declined to say Sunday if he would force another government shutdown on January 15, 2014, when the current continuing resolution expires.

Cruz vowed, however, on ABC's "This Week" to “do anything” to stop Obamacare.

“I would do anything and I will continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare,” Cruz said. “What I intend to do is continue standing with the American people to work to stop Obamacare because it isn't working and it's costing people's jobs and it's taking away their health care.”

Cruz took a similar stance with CNN's Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” adding that getting rid of Obamacare was a top priority.

“There will be time enough to talk about specific strategies, specific tactics,” Cruz said. “What I can tell you is that I think we need to keep as the top priority – providing meaningful relief for all the millions of people [from Obamacare].”

Pressed further by Bash, Cruz still declined to give a definitive answer about forcing another shutdown.

“What I’m saying is the top priority – there are a lot of politicians in Washington that want to put Obamacare behind us and say ‘okay, fine, no more. No more discussing Obamacare,’ ” Cruz said. “And you know what? The American people are not satisfied with that.”

Cruz was critical of President Obama for delaying the employer mandate for corporations, but not for individuals, and said health insurance prices are increasing as many Americans risk losing their coverage.

“And my view — we need to keep as our priority — providing real relief to the people who are hurting because of Obamacare,” Cruz said.

Cruz blamed Senate Republicans for failing to unite against Obamacare, and said that if the GOP had stood together, the health care law may have been defunded during the government shutdown.

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