AUSTIN -- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz received a warm welcome into the Texas Medical Association's fall conference on Saturday to speak with them about the Affordable Care Act.
"What I want to talk about, unsurprisingly, is Obamacare," Cruz said at the beginning of his speech.
Cruz gained national attention as the senator who spearheaded an attempt to de-fund the Affordable Care Act, causing a government shutdown.
He opened with a joke about himself, poking fun at his now-well-known filibuster.
"I will do my very best to keep my remarks this morning under 21 hours," Cruz said, followed by audience laughter.
Cruz says the Affordable Care Act stifles job creation and small business expansion and many employers are cutting hours to avoid complying with it.
He says the law simply isn't working.
"If your goal was to enable more people to be able to buy a car, do you think it would be a good idea to pass a law that says the only car anyone can buy is a top-of-the-line Cadillac? You drive off the market all of the less expensive cars and a whole bunch of people can't afford it," Cruz said.
However, the senator says he realizes something has to be done.
"I am an enthusiastic advocate of healthcare reform," Cruz said.
Members of the TMA also support healthcare reform.
"Trying to deal with the pre-existing conditions, the emphasis of getting people interested in their insurance and thei rhealthcare, being able to try to get affordable health insurance. Those are all good objectives and we support them," said TMA member Austin King, M.D.
Some members of the TMA say that there are also things that need to change
"The bill is over 2,000 pages. It's generated over 10,000 pages of regulations so far. So just the bureaucracy of this program is very problematic," said TMA member Clifford Moy, M.D. "Whether defunding it is the only strategy, I don't know. I just hope that everyone would sit down, look at what we have, keep what's good, fix what's broken and get in there what's missing."
These doctors say they are trying to not only help themselves, but also their patients.