Obamacare opponent Ted Cruz to sign up for care via health exchange

Obamacare opponent Ted Cruz to sign up for care via health exchange

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Texas Senator and GOP presidential contender, Ted Cruz, who has been one of the most vociferous critics of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has said that he will seek health coverage on the Obamacare exchange. This comes after his wife has left her job at Goldman Sachs; Heidi Cruz’s employment benefits provided coverage for the Senator and her family.

According to USA Today:

[quote]”The exchanges became law under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. They’re an online marketplace where small businesses, people who carry their own coverage, and the uninsured can buy health insurance.

The public marketplace is the only place where moderate-income Americans can obtain policies that qualify for Obamacare subsidies. (Poor people can get Medicaid, which is separate.)

Cruz, as an employee of the government, will use the exchange to choose his employer-provided insurance. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley pushed through an amendment on the Affordable Care Act that requires members of Congress to obtain their coverage via the exchanges. Congress pays most of the premium. But Cruz won’t be getting any extra benefit under the Affordable Care Act that a member of Congress wouldn’t have gotten before the ACA became law.”[/quote]

Even though Cruz will utilize Obamacare at this point, he has indicated that he would still like to see the law repealed. The problem with Cruz’s intention is that as of February 22, there were an estimated 12 million people covered by the Affordable Care Act. It will become harder for Cruz to convince the public that getting rid of Obamacare is a good thing when he’s signing up for it and as millions of people have it.

Photo credit: Ted Cruz by Gage Skidmore, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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