January 23, 2016

Just one day after he blamed the Affordable Care Act and President Obama for not having health insurance, Ted Cruz walked it back.

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said Friday that Mr. Cruz’s insurance broker had told him that he lost his health coverage when his Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas preferred provider organization, or PPO, policy terminated on Dec. 31.

But Mr. Cruz had in fact been automatically enrolled by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas in another, narrower-network “health maintenance organization” plan that kept him covered in January. As we reported earlier, when we explained the headache on Friday, that’s what the insurer said it did for all customers in his situation — even if Mr. Cruz didn’t know it.

Based on the information from his insurance broker, “Sen. Cruz believed the family was uninsured and asked the broker to pull quotes immediately for a new policy,” Ms. Frazier said. “The Cruz family is currently covered by a Blue Cross HMO.”

They're still managing to twist it as a terrible thing, saying he signed up for a Humana policy that will cost about 50 percent as much as his old policy.

Cruz has the right to be covered under his Senate coverage if he so desires, so this is just a play to pretend like he's being hurt by the very law that's protecting him and his family from having insurance.

Good try, Tailgunner Ted, but no cigar.

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