Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, one of the federal healthcare law’s fiercest critics, will not participate in Obamacare after all.
Cruz and his family have bought coverage in the private market instead of going through Cruz’s employer — Congress — which offers plans under the Affordable Care Act.
He said in March after he announced his presidential candidacy that he was considering plans offered through the federal healthcare law, triggering stories and commentary about the irony of Cruz signing up for Obamacare.
“They bought a plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield in Texas,” campaign spokesman Rick Tyler told McClatchy on Monday.
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“It’s the plan that made the most sense for their family.”
The Cruz family, including wife Heidi and two daughters, was covered through Heidi Cruz’s employer, Goldman Sachs, until earlier this year when she took a leave of absence to campaign with her husband.
“We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for healthcare and we’re in the process of transitioning over to do that,” Cruz told The Des Moines Register in March.
The Democratic National Committee jumped on the story and sent it out to the media, calling it “16.4 million + 1,” referring to the number of people who are now covered by the healthcare law.
Cruz became a national figure when he famously spoke in the Senate for over 21 hours in an effort to defund the healthcare law and helped trigger a partial federal government shutdown.
Cruz is just as adamant today, Tyler said, about the need to repeal Obamacare. At the Georgia Republican Convention on Friday, Cruz repeated what he says at every campaign stop, that it is time “to repeal every word of Obamacare.”
Cruz says the healthcare mandates have been destructive to employers and to economic growth.
By bypassing Obamacare, Cruz will not benefit from the employer subsidy that is a mainstay of employer-provided coverage.
Maria Recio is the Star-Telegram’s Washington bureau chief.
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