Updated 10/24/2013 at 12:32pm
Washington (CNN) - Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who has repeatedly blasted fellow members of Congress and legislative staffers for accepting federal health insurance support, has revealed that his coverage is provided through his wife, a Goldman Sachs executive.
Cruz's office told CNN Thursday that Cruz is covered by his wife's policy. Heidi Nelson Cruz's policy is worth at least $20,000 a year, according to the story as originally reported by the New York Times.
Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the senator, told CNN that "the senator is on his wife’s plan, which comes at no cost to the taxpayer and reflects a personal decision about what works best for their family." Frazier had previously given the same statement to the Times.
Cruz was criticized by Democrats and some Republicans during the recent government shutdown debate for his calls to strip federal health care support from members of Congress and both legislative and executive branch staffers. Cruz’s critics argue that the support is no different from what other large employers provide for their workers.
Their anger has been magnified by suspicions that the senator does not have to rely on his employer – the U.S. Senate – to get coverage.
Cruz and other Republicans argue that ending the subsidy is only a matter of fairness, and that public officials should be required to get coverage through the Obamacare exchanges with no financial assistance.