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Ted Cruz Eats His Own Words

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    Ted Cruz, who is the first Republican to announce for the country's highest office, stated as one of his initial political goals was to totally, in every last detail, eradicate the vile law known as ObamaCare. (Like Republicans haven't tried this before) Today I heard that since he has started his campaign, and his wife and kids will be with him for most of the campaign, she had to take a leave of absence from her job and thus has no health insurance. So what did she do about that? She got on one of the exchanges and opted for one of the plans. Do you think Ted will be taking the insurance away from her, or at least saying that if he is President, he will take it away from millions? No way. I heard him on TV saying that having the insurance available was one of the good things about ObamaCare. So which is it Ted, keep ObamaCare or do away with ObamaCare? The Republicans never even offered one hint of an attempt to work with the President, as Barack suggested they do, to create some modifications to this plan. No plan can be perfect initially, but it cannot be improved if the parties are not making an effort to do so. And what/where is the Republican replacement product? Again, nothing has been offered that didn't begin with eliminating ObamaCare as the first step.
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    For someone who tries to make people believe he is a genius he is pretty dumb, sorta like that other dummy Ben Carlson!

    These people will say or do anything for the publicity but that's as far as they are capable of going.
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    I listen to both sides of this argument and it seems to me that there is no other option since the AFC is a law so he must enroll or pay the requisite fines and since he is part of the legislature he does not qualify for any subsidies, I think it was CNN where he said that he is only following the law since his wife took a Leave of Absence from her job and although he still doesn't like the law,he must nevertheless follow it. so to me there is no hypocrisy here.
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    johnnycee Wrote: I listen to both sides of this argument and it seems to me that there is no other option since the AFC is a law so he must enroll or pay the requisite fines and since he is part of the legislature he does not qualify for any subsidies, I think it was CNN where he said that he is only following the law since his wife took a Leave of Absence from her job and although he still doesn't like the law,he must nevertheless follow it. so to me there is no hypocrisy here.
    He is not legally obligated to do a damn thing. He makes more than enough money to purchase coverage for his wife outside of the exchange, but he would rather be a penny pincher and take advantage of the part of the law that allows Federal employees to receive a government subsidy (which is our hard earned taxpayer dollars) if they buy their policies on the D.C. exchange. Mr. Cruz could have just as easily gone to his home state of Texas and paid a lot more, but he would rather charge the American taxpayer for that bill.

    So he is not following the law as it was written--he is taking advantage of it. The law was meant to ensure Congressional aides and interns would be eligible for affordable health insurance, not rich Senators wives. This asshole is a hypocrite above all hypocrites and needs to be called out on it.
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    As a Legislator is he not entitled to medical coverage thru the national health program which does not have subsidies, as are other legislators entitled ? As his wife she is entitled to be covered by his plan, as was her husband prior to her leaving her job to assist him in his campaign.
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    johnnycee Wrote: As a Legislator is he not entitled to medical coverage thru the national health program which does not have subsidies, as are other legislators entitled ?
    He is, but his wife is not. That's why he has to get her health insurance. And instead of sucking it up and paying more in Texas, he decided to bill the American taxpayer. How you can not call this asshole an asshole is beyond belief.
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    Why not?, she is a dependent isn't she? wives who are not working are entitled to be on their husband's plan,right?
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    johnnycee Wrote: Why not?, she is a dependent isn't she? wives who are not working are entitled to be on their husband's plan,right?
    I was mistaken. She is eligible to go onto his plan. I don't know why he doesn't want to add her to his Federal Employees Health Benefits Program benefits. Maybe you should ask him why he doesn't want to.
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    I heard in a interview ,again I think it was CNN, but that after she left Goldman Sachs she was entitled to the COBRA plan, but Ted needs coverage for himself and his family which includes two small children and under the family plan ,his wife would be included, the Cobra Plan seems to be more expensive that the National Health Plan. The Senator and the Family was on her Company's plan prior to her taking a leave of absence.
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    johnnycee Wrote: I heard in a interview ,again I think it was CNN, but that after she left Goldman Sachs she was entitled to the COBRA plan, but Ted needs coverage for himself and his family which includes two small children and under the family plan ,his wife would be included, the Cobra Plan seems to be more expensive that the National Health Plan. The Senator and the Family was on her Company's plan prior to her taking a leave of absence.
    Good for the Senator. Now he has to go on the exchange, just like everyone else in America. He can be a hypocrite and get his insurance with a subsidy in D. C. or he can go to Texas and pay more because their government wants to deny healthcare to thousands of its citizens out of spite for our President.

    Obviously COBRA is more expensive than the Federal Employees Health Benefits plan. The two are hardly comparable. COBRA is an emergency plan for people who chose to leave their jobs. Anyone who was laid off suddenly would be immediately eligible for Medicaid, but someone who chose to leave their job would not be eligible for Medicaid. So CNN's comparison doesn't really make sense to anyone who actually understands the law.
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    It was explained when that very point was brought up about voluntary leaving the work place, it seems when the unemployment benefits were being extended Cobra was extended from 6 months to 18 months and also included unpaid leaves of absence, such as maternity, medical, etc. So since she took an unpaid leave of absence ,she presumably will be eligible for those benefits for 18 months, but since The national health plan is less expensive , they opted to go that way instead. I still don't see the hypocrisy in it, although the legislators who are enrolled in it do so for the same reason, it's cheaper. And they voted for it!!.
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    You seem to miss an awful lot JC - time for some new glasses?
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    pgr Wrote: You seem to miss an awful lot JC - time for some new glasses?
    Yes; typical J.C. he is a real GOP hypocrite himself. I'm amazed at the patience of Jared; he tells it the way it is, but still J.C. turns and twist things around to get it his way; If I was him I would join Ted Cruz and become a GOP Vice President in the running.
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    What is there to twist? Sen. Cruz's wife left her job and was entitled to the benefits offered by the COBRA plan but instead her husband opted to go into the National Health Plan which he is allowed to do, The Affordable care Act mandates that everyone have a health plan or be fined, so all Sen. Cruz did was to follow the law . Where is the twist in that.
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    johnnycee Wrote: What is there to twist? Sen. Cruz's wife left her job and was entitled to the benefits offered by the COBRA plan but instead her husband opted to go into the National Health Plan which he is allowed to do, The Affordable care Act mandates that everyone have a health plan or be fined, so all Sen. Cruz did was to follow the law . Where is the twist in that.
    He could have gone to Texas and paid more, but he chose to take advantage of the law he wants to 'repeal every word of.' That's the hypocrisy of his actions. Yes, he is required to purchase insurance, but he is not required to do so through the D.C. exchange. He isn't required to take a government contribution, which is in effect the American taxpayers money that we generously give to the Senator so he can purchase health insurance at a lower rate in D.C. He could have just as easily obtained insurance in Texas, which would not give him a taxpayer subsidy, but he chose to take our money instead.