Ted Cruz Campaign Damage Control: He Has Health Insurance

Lauren Moccio

The presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is briskly walking back a statement Cruz made at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, when he told an audience of supporters that his family -- Cruz, his wife Heidi, and their two young daughters -- were without health insurance because Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas canceled their PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plan. In typical fashion, Cruz made sure to blame President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for his supposed loss of coverage.

"I'll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is [sic] who's lost their health care because of Obamacare? That would be me. I don't have health care right now."

Due to Ted Cruz's obvious eagerness to blame the president and Obamacare, the question that is currently burning up social media is the following: did Cruz know this, and was he lying? He acknowledged at the Manchester campaign stop on Thursday that he received a letter in the mail from his health insurance provider informing him of the cancellation of his PPO plan, but those letters usually also inform their recipients that they have been automatically enrolled in a new plan. Yet, he said that his wife was angry with him for "letting their insurance lapse." Did both Ted and Heidi Cruz fail to comprehend the letter they received, or was he being dishonest?

"Senator Cruz believed the family was uninsured and asked the broker to pull quotes immediately for a new policy. The Cruz family is currently covered by a Blue Cross HMO."

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael A. Hiltzik reports that some plans in Texas actually have decreased premiums since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the HHS does not report a single plan premium that has increased by 50 percent.

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