Cruz: Obamacare Could Be Gone in 2015 -- or 2017

By Susan Jones | March 10, 2014 | 5:33am EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (AP File Photo)

( - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says the Democrats' Affordable Care Act could be repealed next year -- or in 2017.

In an interview taped for ABC's "This Week," Cruz was asked about his recent comment that he would repeal "every single word of Obamacare."

"We can acknowledge that that's not going to happen while Barack Obama is president, right?" ABC correspondent Jon Karl asked Cruz.

"Yeah, I'll give you one scenario where it could. If there's one thing that unifies politicians of both parties, (it) is, their top priority is preserving their own hide. And if enough Congressional Democrats realize they either stand with Obamacare and lose -- or they listen to the American people and have a chance of staying in office -- that's the one scenario we could do it in 2015. If not, we'll do it in 2017.

"So you honestly think there is a chance that you could get Obamacare repealed -- every word, as you say?" Karl asked.

"Every single word," Cruz said.

"With Obama in the White House?" Karl pressed.

"You  know, what's funny, Jon, is, the media treats that as a bizarre proposition -- "

"Well, it is -- it is a bizarre proposition," Obamacare-defender Jon Karl said.

"It is the most unpopular law in the country," Cruz said. "Millions of people have lost their jobs, have lost their health care, have been forced into part-time work, have their premiums skyrocketing, and right now, Washington isn't listening to those people. That's how we win elections, and that's also how we repeal Obamacare."

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