Ted Cruz: ‘Net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet’

Conservatives have themselves a sweet deal with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare: They can criticize it in vague and usually inaccurate ways, and their base will eat it all up. But what’s a conservative to do when another issue begins dominating the news?

If you’re Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the answer is simple: Link that thing—whatever it is!—to the dreaded Obamacare.

On Monday morning, President Obama announced his support for the Federal Communications Commission’s strong net neutrality option, Title II regulation. Reclassifying Internet service providers under Title II of the Communcations Act of 1934 would allow the FCC to treat broadband Internet service like a public utility, such as water, electricity, or landline phone serivce.

The president’s statement catapulted net neutrality into the headlines, at least for the moment, leaving conservatives like Cruz fumbling for a response.

Here’s what the esteemed Tea Party senator and likely 2016 presidential candidate finally came up with:

Cruz wasn’t alone in making this obnoxiously facile argument, but his tweet certainly provoked the most response—which is just what he wants.

Obamacare fear-mongering: For when you absolutely, positively need to avoid making a substantive comment about a matter of critical national importance.

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Eric Geller

Eric Geller

Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.