Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says he will obtain new health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act – the very law he has been trying to kill since its enactment.
Cruz told CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for Obamacare because he will no longer have health benefits through his wife’s employer, Goldman Sachs. Heidi Cruz, a managing director at the firm’s Houston office, is on unpaid leave during the senator’s presidential run and her benefits have been cut off for the duration.
“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.
The uber-conservative from Texas made a name for himself in the Senate by denouncing President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law. But Cruz didn’t see the irony in his decision to sign up, saying he was simply following the law.
“I believe we should follow the text of every law, even (a) law 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.”
Cruz also said he will continue advocating for repealing the law.
“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.”