A day after announcing his presidential campaign by calling for the repeal of the ACA, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that he would be signing up for Obamacare.
The newly announced Republican presidential candidate told CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act — a law he has been on a crusade to kill.
“We’ll be getting new health insurance, and we’ll presumably do it through my job with the Senate, and so we’ll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange,” Cruz said.
“What is problematic about Obamacare is that it is killing millions of jobs in this country and has killed millions of jobs,” Cruz said. “It has forced millions of people into part-time work. It has caused millions of people to lose their insurance, to lose their doctors and to face skyrocketing insurance premiums. That is unacceptable.”
Ted Cruz wants America know that he supports the health care part of Obamacare. What he opposes is an imaginary job-killing aspect of the ACA doesn’t exist. Cruz and other Republicans can offer up no data to prove their claim that Obamacare has killed millions of jobs. In fact, 2014 was the best year for jobs since 1999. The real number of people who lost their health insurance was ten thousand, not millions as Cruz claimed. Health insurance premium growth is rising more slowly than expected, not skyrocketing as Cruz stated.
Sen. Cruz can’t lie his way out of the delicious irony that one day after he vowed to get rid of Obamacare, he now has to sign up for it.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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