Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who voted more than a dozen times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and led Senate Republican efforts to dismantle it, is now encouraging people who lost their insurance coverage after being layoff amid the coronavirus pandemic to sign up for President Obama’s signature health care law.
“The good news is that if you lose your employer-provided coverage, which covers about a 180 million Americans, that is a significant life event, which makes you then eligible to sign up for the Affordable Care Act,” Cornyn said in a PBS Austin interview. “As you know, it has a sliding scale of subsidies up to 400% of poverty. So that’s an option for people.”
It’s quite a change of tune for Cornyn, who voted several times to repeal or defund the ACA (or to move forward with bills to do so).
Watch the interview below. His comments on Obamacare are around the 6-minute mark.
Cornyn in 2017 worked tirelessly to secure the votes to repeal the ACA. He spoke confidently for months about having the votes to do it. But the bill ultimately failed after three Republicans joined Democrats to defeat the effort.