piece in U. S. News & World Report implies as much (my emphasis):
Cruz wanted to stand on no-Obamacare, no-way principle, however,
perhaps he could opt out of government-sponsored health care entirely,
just like the 6.3 million Texans who don’t have health insurance -- in
part because his state, and his party, decided to block it. That
includes 1.2 million children just like Cruz’s two little girls who
can’t get health care if they get sick.
That’s made Texas the state with the highest number of uninsured people, nearly twice the national average.
if you squint, the changes the Cruz family are undergoing -- loss of a
job or a dramatic life change that reduces income -- are the top reasons people lose health insurance,
and among the reasons Obamacare exists in the first place. And if a
parent or spouse gets sick without insurance, it can lead to some
serious financial hardship.
It’s perhaps safe to say Cruz understands that intuitively, even if
he probably would never say so explicitly. Which is probably why he
signed up, and where the hypocrisy comes in.
Even though it
exposes him to a modicum of ridicule, allegations of hypocrisy and
getting the stink-eye from some of his die-hard supporters, Ted’s
Excellent Obamacare Adventure speaks more loudly than his “repeal every
word of Obamacare” applause line. When it came down to brass tacks and
he lost his wife’s coverage, he opted-in.
He may be a fierce
Obamacare critic, and he may agree with the decision to deny affordable
health insurance to more than 6 million Texans who, one imagines, he
assumes would rather have liberty than Lipitor. But when it becomes a
personal matter involving his own family, his conservative ideals don’t
Does Ted Cruz believe a word he says, or is he just taking the rubes for a ride?