Room ‘goes silent’ as Ted Cruz faces man whose family was helped by Obamacare

One of Ted Cruz’s biggest platforms in his presidential campaign is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Although he’s questioned about his repeal plan constantly, Cruz is rarely asked about what would replace “Obamacare” and is rarely confronted by someone who Obamacare directly helped.

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One of Ted Cruz’s biggest platforms in his presidential campaign is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Although he’s questioned about his repeal plan constantly, Cruz is rarely asked about what would replace “Obamacare” and is rarely confronted by someone who Obamacare directly helped.

In a moving account from the New York Times, Cruz was hosting an event in Hubbard, Iowa when Mike Valde  raised his hand to ask a question. Valde told Cruz about his brother-in-law, Mark, a barber who owned his own shop and worked without vacation time and health insurance.

When the Affordable Care Act came into effect, Mark was finally able to get health insurance. Shortly after being insured, Mark went to the doctor and was diagnosed with untreatable tumors behind his heart, liver, and pancreas. According to the Times, the room, including Cruz, fell silent.

“Mark never had health care until Obamacare,” Mike Valde continued. “What are you going to replace it with?”

Mr. Cruz said “millions of Americans” had lost their jobs and their doctors as a result of the law, and that many had “seen their premiums skyrocket.”

He said he had often joked about a pledge by Mr. Obama that premiums would drop: “Anyone whose premiums have dropped $2,500, as President Obama promised, should vote for Hillary Clinton,” Mr. Cruz said. “I’ll take everybody else.”

Many in the room laughed.

Valde pressed him for an answer.

Cruz described elements of his proposal, including ways for insurance to be purchased across state lines, adding that his deregulation plan would make insurance for people like Valde more affordable.

From the Times’ account:

Mr. Cruz turned back to Mr. Valde. “Your father-in-law, he couldn’t afford it,” he said.

“Brother-in-law,” Mr. Valde said.

“Your brother-in-law couldn’t afford it,” Mr. Cruz said.

“Right,” Mr. Valde said. “But he could afford it — he finally got it under Obama.”



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    February 1, 2016 at 3:20 am

    02Feb16…..One person that got help b Obamacare…!!!!!…..There are 300+ million Americans and the majority of them don’t give a frog’s arse about what Obamacare is about. They know that after being told in the beginning by their pResident that they would NOT have to change their doctor, and would NOT have to pay ‘ more ‘ money that when the Obamacare was in place, all these things turned out to be a LIE. Nancy Palosi was the biggest advertisement for the monkey in the blackHouse and still praises the wonderful and great Obamacare.
    Ps: It isn’t. the person that becomes the new President in 2016 would do well to resind this messy Obamacare. Replacing it with a simple 2 – 3 page document would suffice and NOT the 60,000 page document that presently exists. Make no wonder employers are running away from this mess and instead of hiring additional people, they are downsizing…..Go figure…

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    February 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    You truly are a person who needs help aren’t you? Ok smart guy. Tell me all that’s on that 3 page document, word for word..

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    Thure Wegener

    February 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    You lost every shred of credibility when you started with that “Monkey” bull shit.

    Obviously you can’t post actual facts or figures or links to either to support your position, so you come here throwing out insults and debunked right wing talking points about something I would bet you have no direct or personal experience with. Where do you see these employers downsizing with medical benefits being cited as the cause? Second, if you are so well informed, you would know it was the insurance companies themselves that first suggested that people could keep their doctors and would for the most part, pay less. Do you actually have a figure as to how many people are paying more and by how much? Did you know that’s most people that do pay more had previous policies that actually didn’t cover jack squat to begin with? That most others that saw them go up have family incomes of over $100,000 a year? No, I doubt you know anything beyond that fact we have a monkey in the black house…

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