The purpose of this study was to examine the ideological appeals of the Tea Party’s disdain for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The artifact examined was Ted Cruz’s 21-hour anti-ObamaCare speech delivered on September 24, 2013, which was used as a case study and analyzed using ideological criticism. Ted Cruz built upon past metaphors of disease used by Truman and the right-wing to demonstrate the harmful effects of the Affordable Care Act. The Tea Party feared the changes brought on by the ACA to the United States healthcare system because it jeopardized American ideals and promoted socialism. Ted Cruz’s speech reenergized the tea Party, but creating further schisms within the Republican Party. His speech was one of the leading factors in the 2013 government shutdown.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies


American Politics | Critical and Cultural Studies | Health Policy | Social Influence and Political Communication


Ted Cruz, Tea Party, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Ideological Criticism

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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