In a sort of stunning example of cognitive dissonance, on Tuesday it was reported Ted Cruz is enrolling in Obamacare, the same health insurance coverage plan the GOP presidential candidate has said repeatedly he wants to see abolished. The Cruz family was getting its health insurance via Heidi Cruz's job, but since she's taking a leave of absence, they need to buy health insurance elsewhere. And, the way the Affordable Care Act is written, Cruz and other members of Congress can only obtain health care insurance sold through a health insurance exchange. Cruz told The Des Moines Register, that the law is the law and what applies to other Americans should apply to members of Congress as well. But he still wants to rip the guts out of it, don't worry.
I believe in 2017 a new president, a Republican president will sign legislation repealing every word of it.
Let's not call him a waffler just yet, because his campaign is pretty new. But it's an awfully long time until Election Day, and it might be hard to stay consistent for so many months. It sort of makes one wonder what other positions Cruz holds that he might reconsider later. Remember the other day when he announced his candidacy and told listeners what to "imagine" if he were elected? Well, let's give that a try and imagine what Cruz might reconsider next.
Imagine Cruz is trying to find something appropriately family-values friendly to watch on Netflix, and wants a particular show that happens to be on Hulu. Since he already thinks that "Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet," as he famously tweeted last year, it stands to reason that if he can get on board with Obamacare, he may rethink net neutrality as a good idea, too! Internets for everyone!
Hey remember that time Seth Meyers shredded Cruz for his wildly incorrect climate change views? Let's recap: Cruz said, "For the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming." Uh, well, not quite right, but he seemed puh-retty sure of himself. But, if Cruz is campaigning in Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, and there's an out-of-nowhere hurricane that threatens the primary (we're hoping there's not), is it too hard to imagine that Cruz's eyes might finally be opened to the fact that there is something goofy going on with our climate and maybe we need to take it seriously?
Cruz also is an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, and it's a little harder to "imagine" him changing his mind on that one. But along the campaign trail, he might meet some Actual Gay People and realize they're not the threat to his marriage or the sanctity of whatever it is that he believes them to be. It's a long shot, but stranger things have happened. Stranger things, such as Ted Cruz, thinking he's in any way qualified to be president.
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