Did Blue Cross Cancel All Its Individual Health Plans in Texas?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensJanuary 27, 2016 11:38 am

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz revealed at a campaign stop that he lately lacks health coverage because, he proclaimed, an insurance provider governed by the Obamacare law announced it was ditching the Texas market.

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team is here to set the record straight.

According to a video snippet of Cruz’s Jan. 21, 2016, Manchester, N.H., remarks, emailed to reporters by the Democratic National Committee, Cruz followed up general criticisms of the 2010 law requiring most Americans to have health coverage by saying: “I’ll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who has lost their health care because of Obamacare? That would be me.

“I don’t have health care right now,” Cruz said. “I had purchased an individual policy and Blue Cross Blue Shield cancelled all their individual policies in the state of Texas, effective Dec. 31. So our health care got cancelled. We got a notice in the mail, Blue Cross Blue Shield was leaving the market. And so we’re in the process of finding another” policy.

Hear how Cruz’s claim scored in the player above.