On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) debated the merits of the current Affordable Care Act (ACA). A “must-watch,” the debate clearly delineated the progressive and conservative visions of an American health care system.
A Productive Debate
Last night was the kind of productive debate that Americans deserve to hear. It informed viewers of a myriad of issues surrounding a specific subject. Differences in opinion, as well as common ground, were illuminated.
Of course, Sanders is a proponent of universal health care. Of course, Ted Cruz opposes government-controlled health care. But the debate revealed a remarkable amount of common ground on which the two men agree. Sanders and Cruz may well lean across the aisle in order to work together on solving some of our health care problems.
CNN receives credit for hosting the debate. Dana Bash and Jake Tapper facilitated a smooth flow of topics, keeping the spotlight on the Senators and what they had to say. Questions from the audience were selected so that each Senator’s viewpoint was challenged.
Interesting Bits of Health Care Debate
Sanders and Cruz addressed many salient issues related to American health care. But a few interesting bits of health care bias stuck out for me.
Of note, a disgruntled woman who owns five Fantastic Sam hair salons in Texas, complained to Bernie Sanders that she cannot expand her operation beyond 49 employees — because the ACA would then require that she provide health insurance for them. She also stated that she, herself, could not presently afford health insurance. Sanders simply replied that he believed she should supply the insurance. He added that under universal health care, both she and her employees would be covered. Bernie was too polite to observe that maybe her business woes were not solely the result of “Obama Care.” (Many franchise operations are in fields glutted with competition, making it difficult to capture a viable size of the market share.)
Also noteworthy were the repeated references Ted Cruz made to socialized medicine in the United Kingdom. He relayed horror stories of people there dying while waiting for treatment. Cruz intended to show that government-controlled health care causes medical care “rationing.” Since I follow fellow-blogger, sdbast, I know the UK health care system is, indeed, broken-down — a result from decades of trickle-down economics and austerity practices; if Brits didn’t have their meager health care provisions, how many could afford health insurance to replace it? In any case, Bernie Sanders pointed out that health care “rationing” already exists in the United States — evident in the millions of Americans who have inadequate health care coverage, or no coverage at all.
Along the same vein, Cruz boldly claimed that Canadian citizens flock to the United States for better health care services. This I do not believe. I used to live in Canada and I never heard anyone complain about health care. The opposite. It was tiresome to hear them boasting about it from dawn to dusk (it seemed). I can only wonder if Cruz is talking about uncovered procedures like cosmetic surgery.
By the end of the debate, Cruz and Sanders effectively touched on an important array of American health care issues — and the good Senators could have sparred ideas for hours longer! What particular bit caught your attention? Did you spot something missing from the discussion? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Health, and peace of mind, to all.
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