Ted Cruz Says He Has No Health Insurance

It's ObamaCare's fault, he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2016 2:03 AM CST
Updated Jan 22, 2016 7:06 AM CST
Ted Cruz Says He Has No Health Insurance
Ted Cruz speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday in Hollis, NH.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Millions of Americans have lost their health care coverage because of ObamaCare, and one of them is Ted Cruz, according to Ted Cruz. On Thursday night, the candidate told supporters in New Hampshire that his coverage in Texas was canceled at the end of 2015 because Blue Cross Blue Shield was leaving the market for individual policies in the state, reports Politico. It notes that Cruz had previously received coverage through his wife's job at Goldman Sachs, not his job in the Senate, but they bought an individual plan last year. Cruz said he's looking for a new plan, but "our premiums are going up 50%. That's happening all over the country."

Cruz's wife apparently thinks the lack of coverage is his fault, not President Obama's. "By the way, when you let your health insurance policy lapse, your wife gets really ticked at you," Cruz told the NH audience. "I've had, shall we say, some intense conversations with Heidi on that." Some fact-checking: Politico notes that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas stopped selling some, but not all, individual policies in the state at the end of the year, while New York notes that, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average premium increase last year was 2.4% in Texas and 5.7% in New Hampshire. (Bob Dole thinks Cruz could be a disaster for the GOP.)

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