Sure, it could have been a political benefit for him if he publicly said "I now need to use my government benefits because my wife is taking a leave of absence. But my fellow lawmakers changed the rules and to gain political points, and made it so that I have to use one of the ACA Exchanges to get my insurance. Because I oppose the ACA, I won't do that, so instead I'll use my wife's COBRA coverage for now." Or would it? Who would have said "Ted Cruz is a GREAT guy for doing that" but the people who oppose the ACA as well and probably considered him a viable candidate to begin with?
The biggest outrage I see about what he's doing is coming from the left, and I don't see them applauding him for making a move like that. He wouldn't really gain anything.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
Greece, Spain, Italy, France.
More to the point, look at Socialist Argentina and Venezuela.
In the 90s Hugo Chavez started to Nationalize all of Venezuelas wealth creation under the pretense of " equality " and " fairness ".
The same old clap trap every Socialist agenda is based on. Unfortunately Venezuelans were naive enough to be duped into believing that its the Governments responsibility to be the arbiter of whats " fair " and equitable ".
Production in every sector of the Venezuelan economy started to drop off, due to the inherent inefficiencies and corruption of central planning. As productivity fell so did revenues and with a increasing entitlement class Venezuela started to borrow to make up for budget shortfalls.
Now, they're being sued by their creditors that were stiffed by a Socialist Government, basic supplies are few and far between and Venezuela has the Highest inflation rates in the world because no one in their right mind will lend them a dime anymore amd they've started printing.
Its the typical Socialist horror story. Naive citizens believe central planning can solve their problems and in the end their lives are made worse exponentially.
Greece corrupted European banks and threatened the existence of a Union they lied to get into to by increasing their public sector at the expense of their private sector.
They borrowed and distributed worthless bonds throughout Europe and in the end, they tried to shake down the only Country that legitimately tried to help them. They accused Germany of War crimes in a disgusting attempt to bail on their promises.
Socialist seem to be inherently dishonest individuals and Socialism continues to cause destruction and poverty and want.
Pressure: attempt to persuade or coerce (someone) into doing something.
We're "coerced" to pay off credit card debt...