On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz declared that he and his wife have no health insurance because their carrier canceled their policy due to Obamacare. As reported that day:
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday said he does not have healthcare insurance because of ObamaCare. “I’ll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who’s lost their healthcare because of ObamaCare? That would be me,” Cruz said at a rally in Manchester, N.H. “I don’t have healthcare right now.”
As a member of Congress, the Texas senator is eligible for a 75 percent employer subsidy if he enrolls through the ObamaCare exchanges. But Cruz, a staunch critic of the law who spearheaded a temporary government shutdown in 2013 to try to defund it, decided to buy healthcare through the private market after his wife, Heidi Cruz, took a temporary leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs and lost her benefits.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) called Cruz’s claim a “misleading ObamaCare sob story.” “Ted Cruz had the option of signing up for coverage through his position as a U.S. Senator, but opted out in order to make a political point,” DNC spokesman Eric Walker said in a statement on Thursday. “The fact that Ted Cruz would use his own irresponsible decision as an excuse to take affordable care away from 19 million Americans is despicable,” he added.
Aaaaand, Ted Cruz was lying:
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign on Friday said the Texas senator never lost his health insurance — contradicting his claim a day earlier that his plan had been canceled due to Obamacare. Campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the Wall Street Journal that Cruz’s insurance broker told him he had lost coverage after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas terminated his preferred provider organization, or PPO, on Dec. 31. But he had actually been automatically enrolled by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas in a “health maintenance organization” plan that kept him covered in January.