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Is Ted Cruz Ineligible for Obamacare?

President Obama supposedly signed an executive order preventing Ted Cruz from signing up for Obamacare.

Published Mar 26, 2015

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Claim:
President Obama signed an order that made Ted Cruz ineligible for Obamacare.

On 24 March 2015, the satirical Borowitz Report published an article positing that President Obama had signed an executive order that made Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz ineligible for Obamacare:

Just hours after Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNN that he had no choice but to sign up for Obamacare, President Barack Obama signed an executive order making Cruz ineligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Clearly, the hardship of receiving Obamacare was causing Ted a great deal of pain, the President said. This should take care of that.

Obama acknowledged that the executive order, which makes Cruz the only American expressly forbidden from signing up for Obamacare, was an extraordinary measure, but added, I felt it was a necessary humanitarian gesture to protect Ted from the law he hates.

The above-quoted article is a piece of satire from comedian Andy Borowitz. While it did appear in New Yorker, a publication that features non-fiction news articles, the Borowitz Report is a humor column.

President Obama did not sign an order preventing Ted Cruz from receiving Obamacare. In fact, Cruz recently told CNN that he would soon be getting a new health insurance plan:

"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."

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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