Ted-I-Am really likes Obamacare

President Barack Obama reads "Green Eggs and Ham" -- a favorite of Ted Cruz's -- during the 2010 Easter Egg Roll at the White House.

Story highlights

  • Paul Begala notes (in verse) Ted Cruz's apparent change of heart on Obamacare, which he slammed but has now signed up for
  • He says Cruz's politics will demand he continue to advocate for law's repeal despite benefits he receives from its coverage

Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and was counselor to Clinton in the White House. He is a consultant to the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made news this week when he told CNN's Dana Bash that he would get his health care through Obamacare. Previously, Cruz's family was covered under his wife's policy through her employer, the investment bank Goldman Sachs. But with her husband's presidential candidacy underway, Heidi Cruz has taken a leave without pay. So she has lost her Goldman Sachs health benefits.

Paul Begala
The story went viral, in part because Cruz once engineered a partial government shutdown to try to kill Obamacare. As part of his crusade, Cruz conducted a 21-hour talkathon on the Senate floor, during which he read Dr. Seuss' classic "Green Eggs and Ham." Spoiler alert: "Green Eggs and Ham" ends with the protagonist actually trying the food he thought he hated -- and liking it. Now that Cruz is likely to try Obamacare, my guess is he will have a similar experience.
So, with apologies to Dr. Seuss -- who would no doubt have found a way to rhyme "President Bar" with "Obamacare" -- here is my updated version of "Green Eggs and Ham."
    President Bar
    President Bar
    I do not like

    that President Bar
    Do you like
    Obamacare?
    I do not like it,
    President Bar.
    I do not like

    Obamacare.
    Would you like it
    here or there?

    I would not like it

    here or there.
    I would not like it
    anywhere.
    I do not like
    Obamacare
    I do not like it,
    President Bar.
    Would you like it
    for the Senate?
    Would you like it

    for a minute?
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    I do not like it
    for the Senate.
    I do not like it
    for a minute.
    I do not like it
    here or there.

    I do not like it
    anywhere.
    I do not like Obamacare.
    I do not like it, President Bar.
    Would you try it
    in a pinch?
    Would you try it

    for an inch?
    Not in a pinch.
    Not for an inch.
    Not in the Senate.
    Not for a minute.
    I would not like it here or there.

    I would not like it anywhere.
    I will not use Obamacare.
    I do not like it, President Bar.
    Would you? Could you?
    Back in Texas?
    Try it! Try it!

    In your Lexus.
    I would not
    could not

    back in Texas.
    You may like it,
    You will see.
    It comes with

    a subsidy.
    I don't want a subsidy
    Not in a car! You let me be.
    I do not like it back in Texas.
    I do not like it in my Lexus.
    I do not like in the Senate.
    I do not like it for a minute.

    I do not like it here or there.
    I do not like it anywhere.
    I do not like Obamacare.
    I do not like it President Bar.
    Exchange! Exchange!
    Exchange! Exchange!
    Could you, would you

    on an exchange?
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    No damn exchange! No subsidy
    !
    Not in a car, Bar! Let me be!
    I do not like it back in Texas.
    I do not like it in my Lexus.
    I do not like in the Senate
    .
    I do not like it for a minute.
    I do not like it here or there.
    I do not like it anywhere.
    I do not like Obamacare.
    I do not like it President Bar
    .
    Say! On CNN?
    Here on CNN!

    Would you, could you, on CNN?
    I would not, could not,
    on CNN.
    Would you, could you,
    in Des Moines?
    I would not, could not, in Des Moines.
    I simply could not bear to join.
    Not on CNN. Not back in Texas.

    Not on an exchange. Not in my Lexus.

    Not in the Senate. Not for a minute.
    I do not like it here or there.
    I do not like it anywhere!
    You do not like
    Obamacare?
    I do not
    like it,

    President Bar.
    Could you, would you
    with Harry Reid?
    I would not,
    could not

    with Harry Reid!
    Would you if care were
    guaranteed?
    I could not, even if it's guaranteed.
    I will not join with Harry Reid.
    I will not do it in Des Moines.
    I simply could not bear to join.
    Not on CNN. Not back in Texas.
    Not on an exchange. Not in my Lexus.
    Not in the Senate. Not for a minute.
    I do not like it here or there.
    I do not like it ANYWHERE!
    I do not like
    Obamacare!
    I do not like it,
    President Bar.
    But if your wife leaves Goldman Sachs,
    And you don't want to pay the tax,
    Try it! Try it! You may see

    Obamacare is good for me.
    Bar!
    If Goldman drops my policy,
    And I look at it honestly,

    I will try it, you will see.
    Say!
    I like Obamacare!
    I do! I like it, President Bar!
    I like that it is guaranteed.
    I'll even join with Harry Reid.
    But do not tell them in Des Moines.
    That it makes sense for me to join.

    I'll walk it back on CNN. I'll still attack it now and then.
    But I'll be on it back in Texas. I'll be on it in my Lexus.
    I'll be on it in the Senate. Signing up just took a minute.
    I secretly like it here and there.
    I love that it covers me everywhere!
    I do so like Obamacare!
    Thank you!
    Thank you,

    President Bar.