One day into his 2016 presidential campaign and Ted Cruz has already shot himself in the foot and demonstrated his own hypocrisy on an issue he is making a central part of his platform.
After railing against the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and promising to repeal and replace every bit of it, Senator Ted Cruz has admitted that he will be signing up for it. Yes, one of the most vocal opponents of Obamacare is signing up for it, but why?
You see, Senator Cruz currently gets his health insurance through Goldman Sachs and his wife is taking unpaid leave (must be nice, huh?) to work on his presidential campaign, as Bloomberg reported yesterday:
Heidi Cruz, a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in Houston, has taken an unpaid leave from her private wealth-management job to help with her husband’s campaign for the U.S. presidency, a person familiar with the matter said.
Ted Cruz, 44, a Republican senator from Texas, said on Twitter early Monday morning that he plans to run for president in the 2016 election. Heidi Cruz’s leave will last the duration of the campaign, said the person, who asked not to be identified speaking about Cruz’s employment. (Source)
This is certain to upset the millions of people who have been told over and over again since the Affordable Care Act was passed that it was the worst thing to happen to America since slavery. Yes, Dr. Ben Carson, a potential challenger to Ted Cruz in 2016 for the GOP presidential nomination actually said that back in 2013 at a Value Voters Summit – and you know that this will be brought up repeatedly during Republican primary debates by anyone wanting to take a rhetorical shot at the senator from Texas.
Ted Cruz hasn’t made much mention of his wife’s job, probably in part because it’s at Goldman Sachs, but that’s where his insurance coverage comes from and he is losing it now that Heidi will be taking this unpaid leave to work on his campaign. Back in 2013, it was revealed that Ted Cruz, who had chastised other members of Congress for receiving federally-subsidized healthcare, was getting his own coverage through Goldman Sachs, his wife’s employer:
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who has repeatedly blasted fellow members of Congress and legislative staffers for accepting federal health insurance support, has revealed that his coverage is provided through his wife, a Goldman Sachs executive. Cruz’s office told CNN Thursday that Cruz is covered by his wife’s policy. Heidi Nelson Cruz’s policy is worth at least $20,000 a year, according to the story as originally reported by the New York Times. (Source)
So there you have it. Ted Cruz who previously made a big deal about other folks in Congress getting federal health insurance while being on his wife’s private, high-end health plan, is now going to have to buy health insurance on a state exchange, and he may or may not receive subsidies to help cover the cost. If Ted Cruz was really that opposed to Obamacare, why not forgo coverage, pay the fines on his tax return and make that a campaign issue? But this is what the Affordable Care Act has done, and not just for the spouses of U.S. Senators or Goldman Sachs executives. The Affordable Care Act has allowed people to become entrepreneurs and strike out on their own instead of being dependent on employer coverage. Now the Cruz family is showing us that Obamacare is working for America, whether Ted Cruz wants to admit it or not. And who knows, maybe like those infamous “green eggs and ham,” he might just like it.
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