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No, Ted Cruz’s family did not lose their health insurance because of Obamacare.


Oh what tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to aggrieve. Speaking to a crowd of potential primary voters in New Hampshire, Cruz claimed last week that he and his family had lost their insurance courtesy of Obamacare:

“You know who one of those millions of Americans who’s lost their health care because of Obamacare? That would be me. I don’t have health care right now. I had purchased an individual policy and Blue Cross Blue Shield canceled all their individual policies in the state of Texas effective December 31st. So our health care got canceled.”

Now the Cruz campaign is correcting—er, clarifying—what Cruz meant: his plan was changed slightly, not cancelled. Per a statement to Bloomberg:

“On December 31, Blue Cross cancelled the PPO health insurance policy covering the Cruz family. That plan was purchased on the individual market, using a private insurance broker, with no government funds. At the time, the broker informed Sen. Cruz that the plan was being cancelled. The broker did not inform him that Blue Cross had automatically enrolled the family in another policy, an HMO with far more limited coverage. Based on this information, Sen. Cruz believed the family was uninsured and asked the broker to pull quotes immediately for a new policy.

Whatever the candidate’s personal deficits, it’s good to know that Cruz and his family have coverage. After all, everyone deserves health care.