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Ted Cruz’s Claim That He Was Uninsured Because of Obamacare Was 100 Percent Untrue

Ted Cruz and Glenn Beck agree that sweaters should be dark blue, but do not agree on the question of whether they should be buttoned or zippered.

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Last week Republican presidential candidate Ted “T-Bone” Cruz complained in New Hampshire that he was uninsured because of Barack Hussein Obama’s sinister Affordable Care Act.

“I’ll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who’s lost their health care because of Obamacare? That would be me,” Cruz told a Manchester, New Hampshire, audience. “I don’t have health care right now.”

Cruz explained that he had purchased an individual policy and that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas had canceled all of its individual policies in Texas, effective Dec. 31. 

This seemed at the time like a pretty bogus grievance given that Cruz had five months’ warning that his policy was expiring, has access to other convenient coverage options, and is so wealthy that he could probably pay almost any health care cost out of pocket anyway. But it turns out that even those critiques of his comments gave Cruz too much credit for honesty: He actually had health insurance coverage the whole time. From the Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Cruz had in fact been automatically enrolled by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas in another, narrower-network “health maintenance organization” plan that kept him covered in January. 

A Cruz spokeswoman confirmed the candidate never lost coverage and said he had “believed the family was uninsured” because of information he’d been given by Blue Cross.

What a wacky misunderstanding!