Ted Cruz is no stranger to lying. He is also no stranger to getting caught and called out for lying.
Raw Story reports that after the most recent GOP debate, Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted Cruz about his claims that the implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has cost jobs in the United States.
Wallace told Cruz, “The fact checkers say you’re wrong. Since that law went into effect, the unemployment rate fell from 9.9% to 5% as 13 million new jobs were created, and 16.3 million people who were previously uninsured now have coverage.”
In general, Fox News hosts are not known for the fair representation of anything in which President Obama is involved, let alone Obamacare. This being said, it is nice to see that not all of the men and women associated with Fox News are blind to facts.
Wallace did go on to add that there are “plenty of problems with Obamacare,” but he did not deny that there has been an increase in people who have jobs and people who have health insurance.
Cruz, not to be taken down without a fight, countered Wallace, saying that the fact checkers are wrong due to their bias. According to Cruz, “Fact checkers are not fair and impartial. They are liberal editorial journalists. And they have made it their mission to defend Obamacare.”
Wallace followed up on Cruz’s claims by reminding him that there is unquestionable evidence that the numbers of employed and insured have increased.
Cruz responded by talking about the fact that, from 2008 to today, there has been an economic growth of 1.2% on average.
He then got irritated when Wallace continued questioning him, trying to get a response to the original question. Wallace called Cruz out for changing the subject and continued to repeat for him the facts, namely that 13 million new jobs have been created. Cruz continued to be belligerent, saying that “that is a historically slow rate of job creation.”
Ted Cruz also noted that small business owners have told him they were “praying” to be saved from Obamacare.
Wallace got in one more jab about Cruz’s health care plan that would replace Obamacare. Cruz has ideas like selling insurance across state lines, expanding health savings accounts, and making insurance portable between jobs. While these are not bad ideas, as Wallace pointed out, they “would have almost no effect in giving people who are not uninsured health coverage.”
Cruz’s final statement was to say, about Obamacare, “This law is a disaster. People are hurting.”
Based on the numbers, it seems that the people hurting most are people like Ted Cruz, whose claims keep being proven wrong.
Watch the interview between Wallace and Cruz below, courtesy of Raw Story via YouTube.
Featured image via Marc Nozell/ Flickr