Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who has led the GOP effort to shutdown the government in order to defund the Affordable Care Act, admitted to CNN’s Candy Crowley in a taped interview on Sunday that he would help constituents enroll in the federal health care law if they asked for assistance. Almost one in four Texans — more than 6 million residents — “are uninsured, the highest rate in the nation, according to the Census Bureau.”
Cruz said that while his office has not been receiving “significant” calls asking the senator how to sign-up for insurance, his office runs “a major constituent service operation that helps anyone dealing with the government.”
“I am honored to represent 26 million Texans,” he said, “and dealing with the government is inherently frustrating, it’s inherently confusing and one of the things our office takes very seriously is trying to help Americans deal with the government.” Asked directly if he would help callers participate in the law he opposes, Cruz said that he would. Watch it:
The senator’s answer undermines a push among a few Republican congressmen to sabotage health care implementation by not assisting constituents. In June, Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), announced that their offices would not reply to voters who phoned in with questions about how to enroll in the exchanges or qualify for the subsidies. However, other Republicans — including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) — have promised to aid voters.