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Ted Cruz Is Going On Obamacare Even Though He Wants To Get Rid Of It

Ted Cruz, who famously led the Republican camp in refusing to fund Obamacare and effectively shut down the entire government for 16 days in 2013, is running for president of the United States.

The Republican senator has also announced he will be enrolling in Obamacare even though, as CNN pointed out, he essentially built his reputation around defunding the national healthcare program.

Cruz says the only reason he is enrolling in Obamacare is that he can no longer stay on his wife's healthcare after she took an unpaid leave from work to support him during his campaign trail.

Instead of enrolling in COBRA -- the plan given to employees and their families who have been laid off, terminated or had any other changes in employment -- Cruz says he will be joining the rest of his fellow Americans and registering for the national program because it is the law of the land.

His advisors have also told CNN that paying for private healthcare wasn't an option because the market is "obliterated" all thanks to Obamacare, although millions of Americans still use private healthcare each day.

Cruz has also announced he'd like to shut down some other major components of American government, like the IRS. Maybe that's why people are starting to dub him the Sarah Palin of the 2016 Presidential race or, maybe even worse, comparing him to Justin Beiber.

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