Sen. Ted Cruz denounces "Obamacare" as he speaks on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington.

All In agenda: Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster


Join All In with Chris Hayes Wednesday night for a review of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s all-night, 21-hour faux filibuster against Obamacare. The likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate spent a significant amount of his time on the Senate floor from Tuesday into Wednesday criticizing his fellow Republicans for not joining his crusade against the president’s health care law, even comparing them to Nazi appeasers. The topics became less serious as the night wore on, with the Senator bouncing from Duck Dynasty to Ashton Kutcher and Dr. Seuss books. “When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham,” said Cruz, “and they did not like Obamacare either. They did not like Obamacare in a box with a fox, in a house or with a mouse.” The Senate did not seem to like Cruz’s talk-a-thon all that much, though, as he did not win over any colleagues and even joined the other 99 senators in voting to open debate on the House bill to keep the government running. Robert Costa, Washington, D.C. Editor for The National Review and CNBC Contributor, Steve Kornacki, Host of MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland will join Chris Hayes to talk about how Cruz has pushed himself into Sarah Palin territory with his latest outlandish acts.

Later, Chris Hayes will talk with Kyle Abraham, dancer-choreographer and 2013 MacArthur Fellow, about his experience being on food stamps just three years ago. “Getting an award like this lets me know I can continue to make work and pay my dancers and I can pay my rent,” Abraham told The New York Times. In other food stamp news, the House narrowly approved a proposal last week pushed by Florida Republican Rep. Steve Southerland that would require adults to work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week to be eligible for government assistance.

Chris will also discuss Ted Cruz’s reclaiming of Dr. Seuss for his conservative cause. Although he was best known for writing about green eggs and ham, a fox in socks and hopping on pop, Dr. Seuss drew hundreds of left-leaning political cartoons in the 1940s.

Plus: Ezra Klein, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC Policy Analyst, Valerie Arkoosh, Democratic Candidate for Congress from Pennsylvania and Senior Policy Adviser for the National Physicians Alliance, and Josh Barro, Politics Editor for Business Insider, will join Chris to talk about Obamacare implementation on the heels of Wednesday’s positive report from the Department of Health and Human Services. The HHS found that consumers will have “new and affordable choices” for their healthcare and lower-than-expected premiums. Chris and the panel will discuss both the persistent myths about Obamacare and the actual issues that may occur going forward.

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All In agenda: Ted Cruz's faux filibuster