Ted Cruz’s wife has to go on an unpaid leave from her job at Goldman Sachs while he is on the campaign trail. As a result, Ted Cruz will lose the awesome health insurance that Goldman Sachs provides to the spouses of its workers, and will now be forced onto the Obamacare insurance exchange, where he will have to struggle, tooth and nail, against the faceless Affordable Care Act bureaucracy for subpar health insurance like we all do.
Ted Cruz, one of the loudest critics of Obamacare, will soon be using it for health insurance coverage.
“We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care, and we’re in the process of transitioning over to do that,” Cruz, a Republican candidate for president, told The Des Moines Register on Tuesday.
Cruz’s wife, Heidi, is going on an unpaid leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs to join Cruz full time on the campaign trail, Cruz told the Register.
Bloomberg was first to report that Heidi Cruz has taken the leave. CNN noted that Cruz, who has boasted about not needing to receive government health care benefits, would no longer be covered under his wife’s health insurance plan.
On its face, the situation seems rather ironic. The man who railed against Obamacare is now forced to seek shelter in its ample, regulation-heavy bosom. And yes, that is kind of strange, no doubt, especially if you’re of the opinion that Obamacare is a miraculous gift handed down on a silver platter from the heavens, designed to cure all of your many, uninsurable ills. But, of course, in order to believe that, you’d have to ignore the fact that there was a time in this country before Obamacare, a magical time, where people who weren’t covered by their employer had a choice of affordable, low-cost, low-deductible insurance plans that made sense for their family.
Now, like so many millions of Americans including myself, Ted Cruz is going to have to suffer through an unfriendly government healthcare system, wade through mounds of paperwork, and outsmart a website that was clearly built by drunk orangutans. And that’s if things go smoothly. For yours truly, the Obamacare journey has been nothing short of a horror story, peppered occasionally by the comedy of errors that comes along with facing down a massive, uncaring, impossible-to-navigate insurance monopoly with a massive, uncaring, impossible-to-navitage government monopoly. To start, my insurance plan, which I was told by our fair leader, I could keep if I liked, doubled in price. Then, the new plan, which was “comparable” to my old plan, and only slightly more expensive, covered only half of what my original plan covered, with a twice-as-high individual deductible – though, thanks to an “equality provision” my husband was now safely insured for his medically-impossible pregnancy, and I was quite prepared to face down cancer in a prostate I don’t have. Then, struggling under the weight of having so many customers, Blue Cross first lost our application, then processed it twice (taking a full payment both times), then “accidentally” dropped us 10 months into the plan without telling us, leaving us without insurance for two months and bills from a pre-existing condition piling up on our doorstep. JOY.
And to think, before the advent of Obamacare, I was just a poor American, struggling under a great, affordable plan that paid for my excellent doctors.
We’ll all be lucky if Ted Cruz emerges from his experience with half as much respect for Obamacare he does now. If anything, having to spend time handling the same day-to-day nonsense as one of his many constituents should give him even more ammunition against the law. Perhaps, it’ll even help him come up with a great alternative, where people aren’t punished for being self-employed and responsible.