While all politicians lie, misinform or distort the truth (some more than others), Ted Cruz takes being dishonest to a whole other level. This is someone who almost never tells the truth. He’s built much of his career on bald-faced lies meant to do nothing more than help his own selfish political aspirations. It’s no wonder that practically everyone who knows him can’t stand him, a reality that’s quickly become a political liability for his presidential campaign as more and more members of his own party are speaking out against him.
Well, he’s at it again, this time levying another ridiculous attack on the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) claiming that Blue Cross Blue Shield cancelled all individual health care plans in Texas:
“I don’t have health care right now. I had purchased an individual policy and Blue Cross Blue Shield cancelled all their individual policies in the state of Texas, effective Dec. 31. So our health care got cancelled. We got a notice in the mail, Blue Cross Blue Shield was leaving the market. And so we’re in the process of finding another.”
Yeah, that’s not at all true. Blue Cross Blue Shield continues to sell insurance plans throughout the state. The “notice” Cruz claims was a cancellation notice was actually sent out months in advance alerting customers that they were ending PPOs to policy holders. Basically, Cruz screwed around, didn’t sign up for health insurance by December’s deadline, and his coverage lapsed.
In other words, because he either didn’t understand the notice Blue Cross Blue Shield sent out, or because he didn’t take the time to sign up for health insurance before the deadline, he’s trying to blame “Obamacare” and President Obama for his own incompetence.
Then again, a Republican blaming the president for something he had nothing to do with isn’t exactly “breaking news” – right, Sarah Palin?
As I’ve said countless times before, if the truth about the Affordable Care Act – or the president, for that matter – is so awful, then why do Republicans have to constantly lie about both? I come from the belief that those who lie about someone or something in a slanderous way, as many Republicans tend to do about the president and the Affordable Care Act, do so because they’re afraid of the truth.
But this what we’ve all come to expect from Cruz. Since Politifact began tracking Cruz’s statements, 65% have been determined to be a lie. In fact, he has a higher percentage of “Pants on Fire” statements (6 percent) than he does True statements (5 percent).
It gets even worse once you realize that of his True statements – all four of them – only one is actually policy significant. The other three are about the length of the IRS code in relation to the Bible, the fact President Obama doesn’t say “radical Islamic terrorism,” and toilet seats. So, even in his rare moments of honesty, it’s mostly random, insignificant facts rather than him being truthful about something that matters.
This is who Ted Cruz is – a lying, manipulative narcissist who’ll walk over whomever he has to if he thinks it will benefit him politically.
Watch his comments below via ABC News:
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