Sen. Ted Cruz's Be Careful What You Ask For Anti-Obamacare Moment

His Facebook health-care law poll yielded some surprising responses.

Posted: 03/31/2014 05:43 PM EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz last week thought it might be a fun idea to poll his Facebook followers on how Obamacare has impacted them. The Texas Republican, who is widely credited as the architect of last year's anti-Obamacare government shutdown, got a big surprise.

"Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday," he wrote on March 24. "Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO!"

One week and 47,000 responses later, a surprising number of people not only said "YES," but also offered examples about why they believe the Affordable Care Act is a good thing.

Felicia Willems Yes! Everyone in my family has a pre-existing condition that range from minor to serious. We were uninsurable on the individual market. Now we've got great coverage through healthcare.gov. We did NOT get a subsidy but it still fits our budget!

Benjamin Corey Feinblum Yes. Costs stopped climbing. I'm a small business guy and I don't have to worry because insurance companies can't drop us anymore.

Lashawn Bell Yes I have MS and I lost my job I wouldn't be able to get any other insurance because of my pre existing condition thank you President Obama. If people get sick they will realize how this is good.

The majority of respondents are not fans of the law, the Dallas Morning News reports, but "the pro-Obamacare forces did seem to have hijacked the effort." Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the publication that the positive responses were the result of “very clearly a manufactured, concerted effort from the left.”

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