Ted Cruz’s Obamacare “Victim” Actually Loves Obamacare
This week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “filbustered” a continuing resolution to fund the federal government because it provides money for the Affordable Care Act (it wasn’t really a filibuster, but more on that later). But it turns out, among other inaccuracies Cruz made in his 21-plus hours of speaking, he cited the story of a young man opposed to Obamacare, when in reality the man in question supports health care reform.
During his speech on the Senate floor, Cruz mentioned John Connelly, a 22-year-old Rutgers University student and first generation college attendee who “found himself $21,000 in debt, without a permanent job and sleeping on friends’ couches in New Jersey and Brooklyn.” Cruz found Connelly’s story in a Wall Street Journal article.
Connelly spoke to Al Jazeera America after the surprise of Cruz mentioning him during the televised remarks. In reality, the young man thanks the ACA for allowing him to stay on his father’s union-provided insurance plan, and for preventing companies from denying coverage to his sister, who has a pre-existing condition.
If anything, Connelly said, Obamacare doesn’t go far enough; he would prefer a single payer plan.
Cruz has also been called out for misinterpreting another of his examples, the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham. Cruz read the story on the Senate floor, saying Sam I Am is like the American people: “they do not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house, or with a mouse.”
But at the end of the book, after extended protests, Sam I Am actually tries the green eggs and ham for the first time, and loves them.
Cruz’s speech was not actually a filibuster, because he did not have the ability to delay any vote. By comparison, Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis did actually filibuster a controversial abortion bill, as her speech made the chamber miss a deadline and call a new session for the vote.