WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Ted Cruz is drawing some criticism for his intention to enroll in Obamacare.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, the Texas senator admitted that when his wife begins her leave of absence from Goldman Sachs (to help with his presidential campaign), his family will transition to new health insurance: “And we'll presumably do it through my job in the Senate. We'll be on the federal exchange like millions of others on the federal exchange," he said.
The rest of the interaction went like this:
(Dana Bash/CNN Correspondent) "So you will be getting Obamacare, effectively?"
(Sen. Ted Cruz/(R) Texas/Presidential Candidate) "It is one of the good things about Obamacare, is that the statute provided that members of Congress would be on the exchanges without subsidies just like millions of Americans. So there would not be a double standard."
(Dana Bash/CNN Correspondent) "But Senator. For right now, the irony is just kind of unbelievable that you have made your name fighting against Obamacare and you now are going to sign up to get your insurance through that very process, Obamacare."
(Sen. Ted Cruz/(R) Texas/Presidential Candidate) "It was the case before Obamacare that federal employees could get health insurance through their jobs. It's not a new development. I'll get my insurance through my job like millions of other Americans. That's not a shocking--"
(Dana Bash/CNN Correspondent) "Will you take a subsidy from your job, which is the federal government?"
(Sen. Ted Cruz/(R) Texas/Presidential Candidate) "We'll follow the text of the law. I strongly oppose the exemption that President Obama illegally put in place for members of Congress because Harry Reid and the Senate democrats didn't want to be under the same rules as the American people."
(Dana Bash/CNN Correspondent) "That means you are going to take a government subsidy?"
(Sen. Ted Cruz/(R) Texas/Presidential Candidate) "We should follow the text of the law."
(Dana Bash/CNN Correspondent) "The law you want to repeal?"
(Sen. Ted Cruz/(R) Texas/Presidential Candidate) "I believe we should follow the text of every law, even laws I disagree with."
Under healthcare guidelines, lawmakers and members of their staff can get a subsidized health coverage through Obamacare. Cruz's handlers said after that interview that he will not accept that financial incentive.