He just officially put his hat in the ring for the 2016 Presidential Election, and he’s already started speaking out of both sides of face. We expect that of politicians, but cynics are stumbling over their tongue to discuss this case of doublespeak.
Ted Cruz, who notably spent 21 hours of taxpayer-funded time on the Senate floor discussing Grandma’s recipes, reciting Pride and Prejudice, and his hatred for the Affordable Care Act, may actually sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
That’s right: Ted Cruz is getting Obamacare.
A day after announcing his presidential run, Cruz (R-Texas) told the Des Moines Register during an Iowa campaign stop that he expected to sign up for health insurance through a federally mandated exchange because the coverage he had been on — a plan offered through wife Heidi’s employer, Goldman Sachs — will end because she is taking unpaid leave in order to help his campaign.
He’s referred to Obamacare as “lawlessness on a breathtaking scale” and he reassured Americans that “in 2017 a new president, a Republican president, will sign legislation repealing every word of [Obamacare].”
When asked about the irony of his health insurance situation, Cruz waxed eloquent and careened into a pole.
“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 said, before repeating: “I believe we should follow the text of the law.”
“I believe we should follow the text of every law, even laws I disagree with,” Cruz told CNN. “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.”
So, there he is, America’s champion for the common man, blaming his wife, and getting the one thing he hates.
Have you looked into how much Cobra health plans run these days? It’s hard out there for a Senator looking to grow his personal brand…