Does Senator Rafael (‘Ted’) Cruz Have His Own Health Care Plan?

Green eggs and ham

Senator Rafael (“Ted”) Cruz (R-TX), yesterday:

“Obamacare is reducing health care options, increasing costs and hurting jobs. It has no place in Texas and must be repealed so we can empower Americans and their families by offering real health care choices rather than a government-written menu of plans they don’t want and can’t afford.

President Obama should take his broken promises tour elsewhere so Texans can continue focusing on the solutions that have allowed our state to become and remain the nation’s economic and job creation powerhouse.”

Texas needs health care reform more than any other state. In addition to having the highest rate of people without health insurance in the nation, Texas also has the largest number of children without health insurance and the highest rate of poor adults without health insurance.

Therefore, it’s fair to ask if Senator Cruz has his own health care plan that’s better than the ACA. Actually, he does! Through his wife’s employer, Goldman Sachs, he’s enrolled in a fabulous health insurance policy worth at least $20,000 per year, including an $8,500/year federal subsidy.

Oh, you wanted to know if Senator Cruz has come up with a better health care plan for ordinary Americans? No, nothing.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on November 7, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    It’s just too easy to refute these guys. Something is up. 🙁


    They’re just real easy to refute. That’s my hope.

  2. #2 by Bob S. on November 8, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Let’s see Richard, You don’t invite homeless to live with you. You don’t donate your income so you are living on poverty level wages. You don’t invite the hungry to your house for food every night.

    Yet, you expect Cruz to give up what he has — a little hypocrisy there?

    How about you starting to live your values before you pick on other people. I believe there is a saying about the plank in your eye and the splinter in his eye.

    • #3 by Richard Warnick on November 8, 2013 - 10:59 am

      No, I expect SENATOR Cruz to act in the best interests of his own constituents, 6.1 million of whom have no health insurance.

      He doesn’t get to trash the ACA without offering an alternative. With great power comes great responsibility!

      OTOH I can trash the ACA whenever, because I would substitute Medicare For All. That’s called logic and intellectual honesty.

      • #4 by Bob S. on November 8, 2013 - 3:58 pm

        Who says he doesn’t get to trash the ACA without providing an alternative?

        Heck…still haven’t shown me it is the government’s purvey to step in and dictate that I or anyone else have insurance.

        Millions of people don’t have a computer — should the government force everyone to buy one? Millions don’t have jobs –should the government force companies to hire.

        Where does the power of the government end?

        And frankly, I think that Senator Cruz is acting in the best interest of his constituents — all 26 Million of them.

        • #5 by Richard Warnick on November 8, 2013 - 4:05 pm

          I certainly don’t like the individual private for-profit health insurance mandate and IRS fine. It’s a gift to the insurance corporations at our expense, so they can extend their unsustainable business model a few more years.

          But let’s not forget the Heritage Foundation invented the ACA – it ought to be called “HeritageCare.”

          • #6 by brewski on November 8, 2013 - 10:12 pm

            Obama, Pelosi and Reid rammed it through. If it sucks so much then they are the only ones to blame. Period.

          • #7 by Richard Warnick on November 9, 2013 - 2:04 pm

            Only because Republicans (aka the Party of NO) decided to vote against their own policy proposal.

          • #8 by brewski on November 10, 2013 - 4:53 am

            If it was so bad then why did all those Dems vote for it?

  3. #9 by Larry Bergan on November 8, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    There are some things that money shouldn’t be involved in. War would be one and heathcare is another. America keeps heading in the wrong direction. Single payer would be the best way to get the money out of caring for each other.

    • #10 by Richard Warnick on November 9, 2013 - 2:03 pm

      Our health care market as presently constituted is a “protection” racket. Would you like to stay alive? Keep your family alive? How much are you willing to pay for that? Hand it over.

  4. #11 by Larry Bergan on November 9, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    Whhaat? want us to break your windows or somethin?

    I am less then willing to support a “health” plan that I have no way of knowing will give me – you know – heath!

    Antibiotics don’t even work anymore.

    Why would I want young people over 26 to pay for my healthcare if I don’t even want it; meaning: I have serious concerns that the “healthcare industry” might force me into getting treatment I don’t want or need, while forcing ME to pay for some of that.

    I’ve been reluctant to say anything about “Obamacare” because of these concerns.

  5. #12 by Larry Bergan on November 9, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    Sorry, but I’ve had two “care” institutions burn me BAD for treatment I didn’t need. One of them burned me twice.

    It’s a job. 🙁

  6. #13 by Larry Bergan on November 9, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    I only asked to have a strep-throat test from one of them which cost me $600. I could have tested myself with a kit from Smith’s Food King for $10. The other two were partially my fault. I was hauled in to the hospital, but never asked to be.

    Don’t want to get the police in trouble. 🙁

    Why are hospitals named after saints?

    • #14 by brewski on November 10, 2013 - 4:55 am

      Larry, there are places to get pretty inexpensive health care. I’d be happy to tell you where.

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