Senator Ted Cruz had perhaps the most memorable reaction to Obama’s Monday announcement about net neutrality: reclassifying broadband under common carrier laws was “Obamacare for the internet.” Beyond the fact that Cruz hates both these things, the comparison didn’t make a lot of sense, but it was good enough for him to elaborate upon at length today in a speech at Austin incubator Capital Factory.
The good Senator Ted Cruz from Texas tackled net neutrality again today, with a bit more tact than earlier this week when he called it “Obamacare for the Internet.” It wasn’t immediately clear at that point what the connection between the Affordable Care Act and the preservation of the open Internet was, precisely, but the comment did cause a stir. Today, at a Texas incubator in Austin, Sen. Cruz continued on the topic in his typical style of folksy phrases and dramatic pauses. I’ve embedded the full net neutrality segment below (via the Texas Tribune). Watch the full thing. Sen. Cruz makes a number of decent points: Top-down government regulation can lead to the freezing of markets — Uber and Lyft are great!