He said his coverage lapsed because Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas dropped its individual policies and he had not found a new plan by December 31, when those policies ceased.
Not surprisingly, Cruz used the revelation to bash Obamacare.
“I’ll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who’s lost their health care because of Obamacare? That would be me,” Cruz said, according to Politico. “I don’t have health care right now.”
Let’s point and laugh at him as he is blaming Obama for causing him to be lazy. He is the epitome of the party of personal responsibility.
BCBS of Texas discontinued its PPO plans, they sent notice to all policy holders that specific plans that were massive money losers were being discontinued at the end of 12/31/15. BCBS of Texas offered to map its policy holders to different coverage. There is a federal regulation describing how this mapping can occur. I am trying to figure out why the Cruz family was not passively mapped to a new policy during the autorenewal process.
But no matter what, the Cruz family is currently uninsured to guarantee their father a cheap laugh line that their insurance coverage changes every year because private insurers change their policy offerings, something that never in the history of mankind happened before 3/23/2010!
Honestly, this is not irrational. The Cruz family is wealthy enough to self insure for a month or two. If they are truly screwed with a $2 million dollar single incident claim, they can forget to report a loan from Goldman Sachs. The odds given their ages are highly against that type of scenario, so if it buys him a point or three in Iowa, the gamble makes sense.
UPDATE 1: Congresscritters and their family used to be covered by federally provided insurance. One of the provisions of PPACA that was supposed to be a poison pill mandated that Congresscritters get their insurance on Exchange. That meant Congressional insurance was either going to be Medicare, spousal coverage or a PPACA compliant policy. When Mrs. Cruz went on a leave of absence at Goldman Sachs, she gave up her employer sponsored family coverage and it seems like the Cruz family declined COBRA continuation. So the Cruz family went on a Texas exchange PPO policy for 2015.