Austin (KXAN) - Senator Ted Cruz was in Austin Saturday to speak to attendees at the Texan Medical Association's fall conference.
Cruz had a strong message for those attendees; he believes that it is clear Obamacare isn't working, and that it is an economic train wreck.
"East Texas, West Texas, the panhandle or down in the Valley the answer is the same, Obamacare is the biggest job killer in this country," he said.
Cruz vowed to continue to fight to stop Obamacare which he says is hurting millions of Americans. He also said he's hopeful Senate will choose differently in the future.
"You don't take on the Washington establishment. You don't try to change Washington and you don't try to pullback from an epic disaster like Obamacare and expect it's going to be an easy road," he said.
He also hesitated to say that another fight like the one that caused the Shutdown wont be coming in the near future.
"There will be plenty of time to consider the particular practical or strategic decisions," he said.
Cruz also had strong words against the vote that ended the Government Shutdown earlier this week.
"The deal that was cut this week was a lousy deal," said Cruz. "The deal that was cut this week is a classic example of the Washington establishment selling the people sailing the American people down the river."
Cruz referred to himself as an enthusiastic advocate of healthcare reform, calling for ways to allow purchases from across state lines, expanding health saving accounts, and separating health insurance plans from employment so even if a person loses their job they'd still be covered.
"I think we need healthcare reform that expands competition that empowers patients and doctors and disempowers government bureaucrats," he said.
Some political observers now see Cruz as Texas' most popular Republican. But his approval ratings across the country may be slipping.
National polls have shown that while Americans in general don't love the health care law, they oppose defunding it especially if it means shutting down the government. And many of Cruz's Senate colleagues have bemoaned the shutdown for tarnishing the GOP's image.
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