Recently announced presidential candidate Ted Cruz has announced that he’s signing up for Obamacare after establishing himself as one of its leading opponents.
According to CNN, Cruz is not going on Obamacare as some kind of political stunt or ironic joke, he legitimately needs the insurance. Ted Cruz used to enjoy a large health care package through his wife’s employer, Goldman Sachs. But Heidi Cruz has decided to take an unpaid leave of absence to help her husband on his campaign trail, which nullifies the hefty sum of health insurance Ted Cruz had. To get insured, Ted Cruz has decided to go through the United States government, joining millions of other Americans on the federal exchange despite having filibustered to keep the bill from passing.
According to Time, Ted Cruz announced his decision to sign up for Obamacare on Tuesday, doing his best to justify his seemingly hypocritical move.
“I believe we should follow the text of every law, even [a] law I disagree with. It’s one of the real differences—if you look at President Obama and the lawlessness, if he disagrees with a law he simply refuses to follow it or claims the authority to unilaterally change.”
Even though Ted Cruz was implicitly supporting legislation he worked so hard to fight, he used the publicity of his decision to sign up as an opportunity to oppose President Obama’s policies.
“I strongly oppose the exemption that President Obama illegally put in place for members of Congress because (Senate Minority Leader) Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats didn’t want to be under the same rules as the American people,” Cruz explained, and repeated “I believe we should follow the text of the law.”
Ted Cruz spoke to the Des Moines register about applying for Obamacare and admitted that he would be among millions of other Americans who have sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
“We’ll be getting new health insurance and we’ll presumably do it through my job with the Senate,” he said. “And so we’ll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange.”
But the presidential hopeful is still defying Obamacare in the small ways he can, such as denying the special treatment that members of Congress get for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Members of the legislative branch and their staff are eligible to receive a “government contribution” when paying for Obamacare, but certain lawmakers like Ted Cruz turn the offer down to make a point.
Do you think Ted Cruz is making a political mistake by signing up for Obamacare?