Cruz launches 'talkathon' to stop Affordable Care Act

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

After more than 16 hours,  Sen. Ted Cruz is talking on the Senate floor in an effort to defeat the Affordable Care Act.

The Texas Tea Party Republican took to the floor at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday vowing to speak until he was "no longer able to stand."

And as of 8:00 a.m. this morning, Cruz showed no signs that he was prepared to stop, until the Senate reconvenes later this morning for a vote.

During the marathon talkathon – technically not a filibuster - Cruz read Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham and talked about his love for White Castle burgers.

The junior senator expressed his opposition to President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Early Wednesday morning, his colleague Mike Lee of Utah took over:

"The American people have never been enthusiastic about Obamacare," said Sen. Lee.

 But by 3:00 am, Cruz was back.

This is not considered a formal filibuster because it is not being used to stop legislation.

The Senate will have a procedural vote Wednesday to take up legislation passed last week by Republicans in the House which would prevent a government shutdown, but also contains provisions to stop funding for the health care law. The Democratic-led Senate is opposed to the plan to defund the law.

One question for consumers focuses on the health care exchanges that go online next month, and how much those premiums will cost. There are some 40 million Americans who do not have health care coverage, and the exchanges are designed to bring them affordable choices for health insurance programs.

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it could affect you.

Prices set for exchanges - see the latest numbers from the Wall Street Journal.