When notoriously anti-Affordable Health Care Act Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced earlier this week that he was running for president, he promised to “repeal every word of ‘Obamacare’.” Two days later, the misguided Senator officially confirmed that he is, in fact, planning to enroll in Obamacare.
Heidi Cruz, the Senator’s wife, is planning to leave her full-time role at Goldman Sachs to support his campaign going forward. Therefore, the pairing will be without coverage should the Senator not opt to partake in the options that the Affordable Care Act alone has made available to him and his family.
“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 told The Des Moines Register.
To the Cruz family’s benefit, the ACA allows for Americans to purchase plans via a state insurance marketplace if they do not already receive coverage under an employer. The program – which recently turned 5-years strong – announced just last week that approximately 16.4 million previously uninsured Americans are now covered under its umbrella, while hospitals saved an estimated $7 billion in costs for the uninsured.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the nation’s uninsurance rate has plummeted since the ACA’s implementation by a whopping 35% – the largest reduction of the uninsured in 4 four decades.
As Ted Cruz’s biggest hurdle is to secure a large minority vote come 2016 (hedging partly on his own ethnicity), his reluctance to support Obamacare is quite a counterbalance; recent findings show that increased in coverage have been the most significant amongst minorities. According to ThinkProgress.org, the uninsured rates among latinos alone fell by 12.3%, while the same rate fell to 13.2% among blacks (from 22.4%).
This level of positive progress stand to be threatened by a Cruz win for presidency, as well as any Republican vowing to repeal the ACA.