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Ben Stein at Cruz Event: Obamacare ‘Doesn’t Bother Me at All, Sorry’

Trump praises Cruz’s defund Obamacare effort; Cruz blames Senate GOP for his strategy falling through.

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October 24, 2013 - 10:32 pm
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WASHINGTON — Political commentator Ben Stein told PJ Media that the Republican Party has been damaged after the government shutdown but that the effect will not be “lasting.”

Stein also said Obamacare does not “bother” him at all, adding that it’s not the “end of the world.”

Stein was the host of the American Spectator’s annual Robert L. Bartley dinner in Washington on Wednesday night, which featured remarks by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and entrepreneur Donald Trump.

“I think they’ve been damaged but I don’t think it will be lasting. I mean, it will last for a while but then nothing lasts forever — but I think the Republican Party should’ve played it a little smarter than that,” Stein said.

When asked what Republicans should have done along the way, Stein argued that they “should’ve just said it’s [Obamacare] a bad bill but we’re not going to shut down the government over it; we’re just going to try to make it better.”

Stein said he personally does not have “any specific problem” with the healthcare law.

“I’m not one of the people who thinks it’s the end of the world; I don’t think it’s the end of the world at all. I am not upset about it. When I worked for Mr. Nixon we proposed universal health care and nobody even thought about it very much, so it doesn’t bother me at all, sorry,” the former president’s onetime speechwriter told PJ Media before the dinner began.

Before Cruz took the stage as the event’s keynote speaker, Stein called Cruz the “one person in the Senate who stood up and was willing to tell the truth, was willing to do it until his last ounce of energy had left him, was willing to be mocked and belittled.”

Stein was referring to Cruz’s effort to defund the healthcare law in the budget battle with Democrats that eventually led to the government shutdown.

“When the history of how socialism was stopped in the United States of America is told, and it will be told at some point, it will be told, there will be a name that will be in gleaming gold ink and that will be Senator Cruz,” said Stein.

“I’ll do my very, very best to keep my remarks under 21 hours,” quipped Cruz, adding, “21 hours is a long time, it’s a really long time – it’s almost as long it takes to sign up on the Obamacare website.”

Reflecting back on the debate over the passage of a continuing resolution to keep the government funded, Cruz criticized Senate Republicans for not uniting with Republicans in the House.

“Unfortunately, Senate Republicans didn’t unite, didn’t support House Republicans. Instead, a lot of Senate Republicans actively, vigorously, vocally attacked House Republicans,” he said. “That ensured the strategy could not succeed.”

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Ben Stein doesn't have to worry about Obamacare because he doesn't have to live under its provisions. Ben Stein is a well-to-do person, financially secure and able to shop wherever he wishes for top-level care without bothering with the financial consequences.

What, he should worry?
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Reagan's 11th Commandment was "Thou shalt not attack thy fellow Republicans." Both moderate and conservative Republicans now violate this rule daily.

Senator Cruz should be applauded by all Republicans, even those who would prefer fighting ObamaCare through other means. But it does no good for Senator McCain to call other Republicans "wacko birds" or for conservatives to call Senator McCain or even Chris Christie a RINO.

Keep in mind that the real enemy is BHO, the Democrats,and the liberal-socialists. The Blue Party is using the Affordable Care Act (what a lying label!) as a means to collapse the private insurance market, so that they can step in with a singe-payer, completely government run healthcare system. This WILL happen unless the Republicans hold the House and make significant gains in the Senate. If the Dems retake Congress (which they had a vice grip on during most of my lifetime), Obama will have carte blanche to "fundamentally change" America.
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"Stein said he personally does not have “any specific problem” with the healthcare law.'

Let me take a "wild guess", he, like Obama, hasn't signed up for it or even tried to. Ergo, he can take a flying leap.
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Obamacare may not be the end of the world, but it is most certainly the end of the USA as defined by the Constitution.
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Ben Stein...the same Ben Stein that expressed his belief that taxes should be raised on high earners...because his rich neighbors could afford it and should thus pay more....that Ben Stein is a pathetic excuse for an American...another of the disgruntled class driven by envy and pettiness rather than true American values...let him sell his garbage books to the Dems and his fellow LoFo's
47 weeks ago
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I used to admire Ben Stein, but he is either getting senile or wants to keep within the narrative of his Hollywood neighbors and social circle. Goodbye, Ben, it's been nice having you come around but you're infected with Bacillilus Marxus, and it's good luck and kiss off.
47 weeks ago
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Ben and Stein Socialist Ice Cream.
47 weeks ago
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Ben Stein must be on morphine.
47 weeks ago
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Ah, what me worry Ben of Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Sand Point Idaho and who doubtless enjoyed a draft exemption from the Vietnam War's body tax for being male and 18 and eligible to fight for the general welfare and security of the state. Lawyers in training and split tails do have their privileges. Now with 68 year old rich immunity like that Ben doesn't have to worry about being male, 27, and taxed for being an uninsured body in violation of the corporate welfare state's mission to provide free universal latex condoms for everyone from third grade to Forest Lawn, row six, while banning plastic shopping bags at Safeway and Kmart, etc, and without even a background check for suicidal or homicidal plastic bag ideations.
47 weeks ago
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Wealthy or not, Stein the Nixonite is getting Medicare, and FICA, Obamacare or no care, entitlement reform or no reform, will not affect him.
47 weeks ago
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Liberal Jewish Neo-Conism strikes again!
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Alger Hiss was a Russian agent his prosecution was just .
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Very few beverly hills resident are disturbed by Obamacare and Ben Stien is not one of those who are. He is the sort of economist who never said a word against Nixon's decoupling of the Dollar from gold ,devaluing the dollar , and has always been sort of a RINO wuss.
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I've been listening to a conservative talk radio show for the last hour. During the broadcast, several sound bites were played of president present stating, "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep them. If you are happy wilh your existing insurance plan, you can keep it. I guarantee it, period."

At what point, president present, are we free to call you a deceitful, lying, ***? Oh, you haven't managed to repeal the first amendment.... yet. Consider it called.
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Well, no , but you can be audited.
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This is why neo-cons are so damaging to conservatism--they aren't conservative. The neo-con is a partial-con, and compromising wine with sewage only gets more sewage.
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