One day after vowing to repeal "every word" of ObamaCare if he's elected president, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had a surprising announcement: he's signing up for ObamaCare.

“We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care, and we’re in the process of transitioning over to do that,” the Texas lawmaker told The Des Moines Register on Tuesday.

Cruz's wife, Heidi, is going on a leave of absence from her job at Goldman Sachs to join her husband on the campaign trail, Cruz told the paper. That means that he will no longer be covered by her health insurance plan.

Under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, members of Congress seeking insurance must sign up through an exchange.

Cruz has long been one of the most vocal critics of Obama's health care law, which he remains committed to repealing.

"I believe in 2017 a new president, a Republican president will sign legislation repealing every word of it," Cruz said. "There are a fair number of Republicans in Washington and elsewhere who have quietly and privately given up on that fight, and I have not."

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