Ted Cruz To Sign Up For Obamacare After He’s Booted From Wife’s Plan

Sen. Ted Cruz, who has spent his short political career doing everything in his power to repeal Obamacare, now says he’s signing up for it.

Having just announced his plans to run for president, Cruz’s wife was forced to take a leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs to help focus on the campaign. One of the perks of working at Goldman Sachs was a cushy “Cadillac” health plan offered by her employer, of which Cruz enjoyed the spousal benefits. Having left the job, the Cruzes lose the insurance and now, like millions of Americans, find themselves in need of other insurance options: enter Obamacare.

According to the Des Moines Register, Cruz says he will check out the exchange in order to get government-funded insurance coverage.

“We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care and we’re in the process of transitioning over to do that,” Cruz, a Republican candidate for president, told The Des Moines Register Tuesday.

This is particularly ironic, because it was Cruz who famously tried everything in his power to prevent others from getting health insurance under Obamacare – up to and including shutting down the federal government in late 2013. Apparently, Cruz learned quickly what millions of uninsured Americans have always known: not having health coverage is terrifying.

Making matters worse for Cruz, his new found need for Obamacare comes directly from Republicans, not Obama. During the intense debate over the healthcare exchange, fellow Republican senator Chuck Grassley pushed through an amendment that made it a requirement for members of Congress to use the healthcare exchange in order to obtain state-funded health insurance. It was probably meant as a last-ditch effort to prove Obamacare was terrible by making his colleagues “endure” it; however, now that the law has been up and running (and most importantly, working) the silly amendment remains, with little effect – much to Cruz’s chagrin.

However, if you are starting to think that Cruz is softening to Obamacare now that he actually has to use it, think again. According to the Des Moines Register, Cruz vowed that he still plans to repeal Obamacare should be become president.

“And I believe it will be. I believe in 2017 a new president, a Republican president will sign legislation repealing every word of it. There are a fair number of Republicans in Washington and elsewhere who have quietly and privately given up on that fight and I have not,” he said.

Although it’s important to remember that thus far Cruz hasn’t actually had any experience with the benefits of Obamacare. Maybe, like polls have suggested, his opposition to Obamacare will change drastically once he’s actually using it and finds that it just might not be that bad.