- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fresh off his presidential announcement, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas made another big decision Tuesday: he is signing up for Obamacare, the health insurance program that he vows to scrap if elected to the White House.

Mr. Cruz told CNN that he will be joining the millions of others to receive health coverage under the law now that his wife, Heidi, has decided to take unpaid leave from her job at Goldman Sachs so she can join him on the campaign trail, leaving them without health coverage.

“We’ll be getting new health insurance and we’ll presumably do it through my job with the Senate, and so we’ll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange,” he said.

Mr. Cruz on Monday became the first high-profile candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race during a speech at Liberty University, which landed on the five-year anniversary of Obamacare, which he once again pledged to kill.

Mr. Cruz led an effort to defund Obamacare in 2013 that led to a 16-day partial government shutdown, which members of the GOP said tarnished the party’s image.

But Mr. Cruz has countered that the 2014 GOP takeover of the Senate is proof that voters will reward Republicans for standing for conservative principles and pushing to fulfill their promise of ending Obamacare.

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