Is there anything Senator Ted Cruz got right this week?
First he rambled for 21 hours despite not actually undertaking a filibuster, then he misunderstood the meaning behind the simple children's book Green Eggs and Ham. Now Ted Cruz is being shamed again over his anti-Obamacare stunt earlier this week, this time by a man who says Cruz had it all wrong when he used his life story to try and strike a blow against the president.
A 22-year-old Rutgers University student named John Connelly had no idea Cruz intended to use his tale of woe in his marathon speech from the Senate floor on Tuesday night. Cruz got Connelly's name and backstory from a Wall Street Journal story about youth unemployment, and he used them to attack President Obama, saying, "John Connelly thought he was on the right track in life. The son of a New Jersey auto mechanic, he was the first in his family to go to college when he enrolled in Rutgers in 2009. Four years later, the 22-year-old found himself $21,000 in debt, without a permanent job and sleeping on friends' couches in New Jersey and Brooklyn."
Connelly has indeed struggled with managing his debt and affording tuition, but he doesn’t blame those circumstances on the Obama administration.
He, in fact, grew up in a working-class union household and describes his politics as “left of most of the people in Democratic party on social and economic issues.” He thinks a single-payer system would be preferable to the Affordable Care Act, but appreciates the provisions of the law that have helped him out already.
His father’s union-provided health insurance still covers him, thanks to the provision of the ACA that allows children to stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26 years old. Private insurers are no longer allowed to deny his younger sister coverage, even though she suffers from a seizure disorder that qualifies as a pre-existing condition.
The TL;DR version: Ted Cruz' anti-Obama poster boy is a pro-union leftist who believes the Affordable Care Act isn't socialized enough. "Maybe he should’ve spent less time reading Dr. Suess and more time looking into the policies that he’s talking about," Connelly told Al Jazeera America.