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originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
I would think a state senator could be covered by insurance in the state he is from. He is after all a state employee and should be eligible to receive the same benefits as other state employees.
Unless he resigns his position to run for president of course.
originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
a reply to: Hoosierdaddy71
i have no problem with him getting obamacare, all members of congress should have to follow the same laws as everyday citizens.
Under the law, members of Congress are required to purchase their health care through Obamacare exchanges.
“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 told the newspaper. “Members of Congress should not be exempt.”
Asked by CNN whether he would accept the government subsidies available to lawmakers for their health care coverage under Obamacare, Cruz said he will “follow the text of the law.”
Later Tuesday, Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told the Washington Post that a final decision had not been made. “Sen. Cruz said he would ‘presumably’ use his employer health insurance, for which the only option is Obamacare,” he said. “But there are other options that the senator is considering before making a final decision about how to make sure his family is insured.”
“I strongly oppose the exemption that President Obama illegally put in place for members of Congress because (Senate Minority Leader) Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats didn’t want to be under the same rules as the American people,” Cruz said. “I believe we should follow the text of the law.”
After the interview, a Cruz rep told CNN that he wouldn’t take the contribution.
The Affordable Care Act does not compel members of Congress to enroll in DC’s health care exchange;
it simply cuts off the government contribution to their insurance plans if they buy their policies elsewhere..
In other words, Cruz “could purchase coverage in the outside market but would get no subsidy from the FEHBP program,” Tim Jost clarified
“Nothing in the final rule or the law prevents a Member of Congress or designated congressional staff from declining a Government contribution for him or herself by choosing a different option for their health insurance coverage.”
It seems worth noting here that Cruz doesn't have to sign up through an Obamacare exchange. He could opt to purchase a private family plan off the exchange. Some of his Republican colleagues, also opposed to the health-care law, had previously told CNN they would do just that.
In a stunning display of hubris and hypocrisy, Senator Ted Cruz has just chosen to sign up for Obamacare because his wife lost her health insurance.
The Tea Party Republican – just 24 hours after once again calling for the repeal of the President's health care plan that has delivered affordable health care to literally millions of Americans, and extended the age students, like those at Liberty, can be under their parents' plan – confessed to CNN's Dana Bash this afternoon he just signed up for Obamacare.
"We'll be getting new health insurance and we'll presumably do it through my job with the Senate, and so we'll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange," Cruz said.
He called it "transitioning." he did not call it "Obamacare," but "the federal exchange."
Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, a managing director at Goldman Sachs' Houston office, is taking an unpaid leave of absence from her job, presumably to avoid any appearance of impropriety. The Cruz family has been getting its health care insurance from Mrs. Cruz's employer, but now they are no longer eligible while she is on leave.
So Senator Cruz signed up for Obamacare, and sees absolutely no hypocrisy, or even irony, with taking that action.
Cruz, it should be noted, has every right to buy health care insurance privately, like many Americans do, but chose to sign up for Obamacare and to accept the federal government subsidy that he is entitled to as a sitting U.S. Senator.
"I believe we should follow the text of every law, even (a) law I disagree with," Cruz told CNN. "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."
CNN's Dana Bash was shocked and looked incredulous several times, as she asked, "That means you are going to take a government subsidy?," and noted, "the irony is kind of unbelievable."