In what could propel CNN up in the ratings tonight, they will host a debate between Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders on Obamacare. The hosts will be Dana Bash and Jake tapper and will start at 9:00 PM EST and will run 90 minutes.
Bernie Sanders will defend Obamacare and of course Sen Cruz will clean his clock. As many of you may know, Cruz has an almost photographic memory and Bernie Sanders has the memory of a younger man. Unfortunately, that man is Joe Biden.
The two will spar over competing visions for healthcare in America. Bernie Sanders, who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, campaigned on expanding Obamacare, arguing that America should switch to a singe-payer health care system. Senator Bernie Sanders led a late-night fight against Obamacare repeal in the Senate in January.
Sen. Sanders has expressed concerns about the Republican plan for Obamacare on the Senate floor saying, “I know I speak for virtually all Democrats in saying that we have a deep concern about the Republican proposal, which would repeal the Affordable Care Act without having any alternative plan in place.”
The Vermont senator also voiced concerns about Americans losing health insurance and decreased funding for Medicaid that might result from a Republican health care overhaul.
Ted Cruz, a runner-up in the primary race against President Trump, calls the repeal of Obamacare the “most exciting” policy of the Republican administration.
Senator Cruz has been one of Obamacare’s biggest detractors. The Texas senator led a dramatic fight to repeal Obamacare in 2013, and campaigned against Obamacare during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.
Somehow I feel like tonight will be less like a debate and more like a reenactment of the Little Big Horn, where Custer’s last words were, “I can’t understand it. They were fine at the dance last night.”