Healthcare

Obama’s Fault

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

You may have heard that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz does not have health insurance and that this is somehow Obamacare's fault, but as you might have suspected the truth is a little more complicated than that.

If you were to blame anyone for Cruz's lack of coverage, you might start with his insurance provider.

Cruz’s family used to be covered through a PPO plan with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. But for 2016, the insurer decided to eliminate PPO plans and move to offering only HMO plans on the individual marketplace (which is becoming a bigger trend in the insurance industry). The insurance company announced this decision last July.

The July announcement gave people enrolled in BlueCross BlueShield’s plans a full five months to select a new HMO plan if they wanted to maintain coverage into the new year. Ted Cruz’s family apparently just didn’t sign up in time.

You can blame Ted Cruz and his family for not signing up for a new plan, or you can blame BlueCross for canceling his plan, but you can't blame Obamacare.

Well I suppose you can, and Ted Cruz certainly will, but you would be wrong.

  • muselet

    Five months. Ted Cruz had five months to find another insurance policy and didn’t bother, then he has the effrontery to blame Barack Obama and the ACA.

    The Party of Personal Responsibility, ladies and gentlemen.

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    That is one creepy ass header picture.

  • The fact that Cruz would let his family go without insurance so he can make a political statement is just further proof that he’s a sociopath of the highest order. What a selfish, dangerous prick

  • captkurt

    This, in a nutshell, is a great analysis of the majority of anti-Obamacare comments from conservatives I see on social media. It’s always Obama’s fault when their insurance company raises their rates, denies, or switches their coverage. What really burns me up, is when people who would likely be denied coverage due to a preexisting condition feel this way.

    I do feel that the insurance industry had much too heavy a hand in the law’s crafting, but that’s kind of an unfortunate reality in what it took to get the bill put together and passed.