Sharpton: Cruz’s Health Insurance Plan Is a 'Stretch Limo'

By Melanie Arter | October 28, 2013 | 11:36 AM EDT

Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's "Politics Nation." (AP)

( – Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” said on his show Thursday that it’s easy for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to call for the repeal of Obamacare, because he gets his insurance from his wife’s Goldman Sachs plan.

“Today we learned he gets health insurance from his wife’s Goldman Sachs plan. Goldman Sachs. How about that? The guy who wants to destroy Obamacare gets his health care insurance from the company that nearly destroyed the U.S. economy. Republicans like to talk about Cadillac insurance plans. Well, his plan is a stretch limo. It’s worth $20,000 a year, $20,000,” Sharpton said.

Government contractors testified last week before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the implementation of the Obamacare website.

Sharpton called the hearing “a farce,” while Cruz said the House Republicans “embodied a profile in courage, as they stood up and did the right thing. Obamacare has to be repealed.”

It’s easy for Cruz to say that, Sharpton said, because “he’s got great coverage.” Sharpton compared Cruz’s $20,000 health insurance plan to what someone in Texas working a full-time minimum wage job makes.

“To put that in perspective, a Texan working a full-time minimum wage job only makes $15,000 a year. How’s that for hypocrisy? And yet it’s matched by the hypocrisy from House Republicans who today were falling all over themselves to trash the health care Web site,” Sharpton said.