Despite leading the charge to defund Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, admitted Tuesday night that he does support government-run healthcare for veterans of the military.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., confronted Cruz over the hypocritical stance, when he proposed another piecemeal funding bill to restore services to the Veterans Administration.
“I’m wondering if your motion includes the full funding of the VA medical system, which is a completely government run, government controlled health care system,” Stabenow asked Cruz.
“I would readily support legislation fully funding the VA because the VA is a vital government system, it is a promise we have made, and it is unrelated to Obamacare,” Cruz responded. “My principle complaint this past week has been the Democratic majority in this body is holding programs unrelated to Obamacare hostage in order to force Obamacare on everyone.”
Cruz’s proposal is at the sixth Republican piecemeal budget plan. Eight more sit on the docket. The 14 plans collectively would restore less than 18 percent of the total nondefense funding that appears in the original House-passed continuing resolution, reported ThinkProgress.
Despite refusing to fund the Patient Protection and Afford Care Act which relies on private insurers, Cruz repeated, he is in favor of fully restoring the government-run VA health insurance program.
The government system has also been endorsed by Mitt Romney, former speaker Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; former senator Rick Santorum, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.