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LET THE ATTACKS BEGIN: Ted Cruz Enrolls In Obamacare

Some people might look at 2016 Republican presidential nominee Ted Cruz’s decision to sign up for health coverage through Obamacare–a law he’s spent five years trying to repeal–as grade A hypocrisy. Other’s might argue that he’d be attacked for using his wealth–an option millions of Americans don’t have–to purchase health insurance not provided through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Here’s how this all started.

Heidi Cruz, the senator’s wife, took an unpaid leave from her job at Goldman Sachs which forfeited her employer-based health insurance. And in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday, Cruz denied that there’s any level of irony in his receiving health insurance through Obamacare.

“Well, it is written in the law that members will be on the exchanges without subsidies just like millions of Americans so that’s — I think the same rules should apply to all of us,” Cruz said. “Members of Congress should not be exempt.”

Indeed, it was Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) amendment to Obamacare that forces members of Congress to use the federal exchanges to obtain their health insurance.

One potential problem for the senator is that Obamacare offers a number of subsidies and pays for most of federal employees’ premiums. Cruz’s office says he will decline those taxpayer subsides.

“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 told The Des Moines Register.

And Cruz is still committed to repealing Obamacare.

“I believe in 2017 a new president, a Republican president will sign legislation repealing every word of it,” Cruz said. “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.”

We’ve reported at Surge that even Democrats have complained about Obamacare’s raising their rates.

In September, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) admitted in a televised House committee that his healthcare cost had doubled due to Obamacare.

A month later, Democratic Senate candidate Amanda Curtis carelessly confessed that Obamacare caused her healthcare costs to skyrocket. “I actually have had the experience of having my healthcare plan rise in cost. So I’m feeling that myself,” Curtis said.

“I believe we should follow the text of every law, even a law I disagree with,” Cruz later added. “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.”

Some liberals will surely use Cruz’s signing up for Obamacare as a bludgeoning tool to beat him over the head with. The writers over at the New Yorker even called Ted Cruz “Uppitiy” for standing firm on his beliefs.

And those are the same Democrats who also give Hillary Clinton a pass for being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for speeches, from Goldman Sachs to universities.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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