Bernie Sanders To Debate Ted Cruz On Obamacare

Via press release from CNN:

CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate a Town Hall Debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Texas Senator Ted Cruz on the future of Obamacare at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

President Donald Trump has made repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act one of his top priorities while Congressional Democrats are opposed. Sanders, an opponent of repealing Obamacare, and Cruz, a supporter of the President’s healthcare agenda, will join Tapper and Bash to debate the fate of former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation and the GOP’s approach to healthcare.

Sanders and Cruz, runners-up for their respective presidential party nominations, will also field questions from voters around the country at the Town Hall Debate, taking place at The George Washington University. The 90-minute event will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNNgo, Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.

  • b

    Trumpcare, will be like trump hair: flaps of comb-over.

  • Tomcat

    Any bets on how long it takes for Cruz to bring God into the discussion?

  • BobSF_94117

    I say we skip all the talk and throw them both into a cage to see which one survives.

    • B Snow

      That’s a tough one…..Sanders is scrappy, but getting up there in years. Plus I read somewhere that Cruz is the Zodiac killer…..

  • JuanGalicia

    I mean I love Bernie I really do … but I would rather ear my own organs than listen to Ted Cruz for an hour… EVEN if he was a progressive he has the most annoying voice and face movements EVER ugh

  • Cackalaquiano

    Apparently Cruz didn’t get the memo about CNN?

  • BlindBill

    don-the-con does not allow debate on any issue unless he does not want to take the fall on the resulting disaster …. there should be no debate, let the GOP take charge and own the results ….. let them come up with a new plan with NO OBAMA branding – it needs to be called GOPCARE (not tr_mpcare) so when tr_mp supporters are unhappy because the only “coverage” they have is a death shroud, they associate ALL of the GOP with the mess.

  • Randy Ellicott


    • Ernest Endevor

      My first thought, too. Perhaps Bernie, or someone, will point out that Cruz obtained insurance via the ACA. I assume that now his wife is back at Goldman Sachs they’re back on the corporation’s insurance plan.

  • CB

    Must Miss TV

    • Butch

      That was my first thought. What’s the point? Cruz wouldn’t concede that water was wet if he thought denying it would advance his career. Why bother?

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  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Nobel-prize winner Paul Krugman condenses it brilliantly down to two sentences: “Given the rate at which things are coming to a head, ‘President Trump’ — the sort-of legitimate head of a republic — won’t last long, Either he or the republic, in any meaningful sense, will be gone quite soon.”

  • Texndoc

    I was watching Ted Cruz last night at the Supreme Court announcement and at the mingle afterwards it was almost that Tom Brady moment but it wasn’t. Just because Ted didn’t have his hand in the air and someone did finally talk with him. Even if it was “Senator, you’re standing on my foot.”

  • ColdCountry

    That should be bloody. Bernie looks like a mad scientist genius, and Cruz looks like an abused puppy. More than looks are involved, actually.

  • Cousin Bleh

    They have a combined .003 percent* chance of influencing what actually happens to Obamacare, so why the fuck would anyone care?

    *Alternative facts apply.

  • KarenAtFOH

    News By Marketing Executive. Same old horse race bullshit.

  • S1AMER

    On CNN? Serious substance? Give me a break!

  • Mike in Texas

    Cruz creeps me out as much as Kellyanne does. I can’t watch either of them.

    • B Snow

      For me, Cruz is slightly creepier than Kellyanne because he believes the crap spewing from his mouth. Kellyanne is saying it mostly because she sold her soul. She wasn’t on Trump’s side until Cruz was gone. How someone could support both of them is beyond my understanding.

      I wonder if she’ll ever hear the beating of that hideous heart and publicly repent. Somehow I doubt it.

  • buckguy

    CNN and their love of news food fight is one of the things that has to change. Sanders is a knucklehead for agreeing to be part of this nonsense. You know the questions will suck.

  • danolgb

    During the primaries, didn’t Bernie also want to replace Obamacare? Why not have someone that actually believes in it?

    • Goggles

      Bernie Sanders: “Our job today is to defend the Affordable Care Act. Our job tomorrow is to create a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.”

      • The_Wretched

        Single payer would cut out the profit-tier of the healthcare system. That’s dollars that could go to savings or care. It’s a minimum of 20% of the dollars that are spent.

        • Goggles

          Correct. The US has the most expensive healthcare in the world as a result. For example, if you compare Medicare Advantage (third party insurance reimbursed by the government) vs. real Medicare, it ends up costing about 20% more, as you said, for the same procedures just to prop up the additional layers of profit-driven middlemen.

        • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

          We know how single payer works. Now explain to me how the Bernie or Bust crowd turned down a cushy seat at the table for the nightmare that is the Trump presidency.

          • The_Wretched

            “Bernie or Bust” isn’t.

            The vast majority (93% or so) of bernie primary voters went for clinton. The remainder weren’t going to vote clinton regardless.

            Next – and this is the key part so many are blind about – the vapid and aggressive nut jobs who said they were “Bernie or Bust” were russian or republican plants engaging in splitting the left from the center.

            At this point in time, in trump’s fucked up america (@12 days!), beating up the left gets the DEMs exactly NOTHING.

          • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

            93%? That leaves 7% of those voters who were PLENTY to have made a difference in the rust belt. Worst, every “safe” Bernie or Buster in places like New York or California didn’t help the narrative, either. Their disgusting “Killery” memes would spread like wildfire!

          • The_Wretched

            you have no idea what my point was.

  • righteous mob

    Oooh, look! A squirrel!

  • GayOldLady

    Way too late for this. Debate is futile. Action, by taking large protests directly to the doorsteps of the Capitol and the WH, is the only way to force the GOP to step away from the edge. Believe me, I lived through this during the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam anti-war movement. The only thing that moves Washington DC is fear of the masses.

    • Cousin Bleh

      I’m investing in foam board and markers. We got the science march and the national gay pride march already in the works. No doubt there will be a healthcare march when Trump guts the ACA. I’m happy to march with teachers.

      My calves should be YUUUGE by the end of summer.

      • GayOldLady

        You’re going to have the calves of god.

  • djcoastermark

    A very inane debate. A debate that serves no purpose. More useless blather, I could go on and on.

  • kladinvt

    Maybe just maybe, Bernie can get through to some of the Trumpanzees who stupidly voted against their own best interests. At least someone on the Left is trying to stand up to Cheetos and his cadre of Neo-Nazis.

  • HZ81

    I’ll be passing on the Battle of Blustering Boobs.

  • Ernest Endevor

    From a press release: CNN kicks off the 2020 Race for the White House with a town-hall style debate between two outstanding candidates. Among the questions under consideration are:

    Out of the four Sex and the City gals which one do you most identify with?

    Would you call yourself a people-person.

    Are you a vampire or werewolf?

    What sort of fitness regimen do you follow?

    In times of crisis do you tune to Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz?

    In your down time is your guilty pleasure binge-watching, a; Glee; b, Golden Girls; c, Downton Abbey; d, Ab Fab?

    In what ways does your faith shape your politics?

    Are you now or have you ever been a socialist?

    On a scale of 1 – 10 how near to 10 do you rate Hillary’s email scandal?

    Are you a Knicks fan? If not why not?

    Viewers are encouraged to submit their own questions to CNN/

  • The_Wretched

    really? I don’t see how this helps, bernie.

    • righteous mob

      I can see how this might help Bernie.

      • danolgb

        Yup. It will help Bernie. Won’t do anything for the rest of us, tho.

  • thom

    oh god, now my Facebook feed will be filled with people who didn’t vote exclaiming how “Bernie OWNED the debate!” “thank you Bernie, I’m feeling the burn again” “I can’t believe that Clinton stole the nominee from this God!” “he would have beaten Trump, Yugely”

    just, no.

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    I have a feeling about how this is going to go down. Cruz is a polished debater, a lawyer who has won several cases in the Supreme Court. Sanders is an idealist ( with whom I politically agree though I’m in NO WAY a Bernie or Buster) who will come off as the Democratic Socialist that he is. Sorry, friends, but Sander’s plans to upend Obamacare for single payer will only look like pie in the sky to an American public whose approach to these matters is more pragmatic.
    The better debate here would have been Cruz versus Clinton. Two lawyers, toe to toe. To my Bernie or Bust friends, this would have been the PERFECT opportunity to see how badly you screwed up and what a big seat at the table you would have had in a Clinton administration. Now, thanks to you, progressives will wander in the wilderness for DECADES ( see Trump’s Supreme Court nominee). It’s sad to be you, Bernie or Busters. It’s even sadder for our country that this debate between Cruz and Sanders never had to be. Why bother.

    • McSwagg

      I prefer to think of Cruz as a master-debater. His vile polemics tend to end with “Oh, God! Oh, God!”
      (Say ‘master-debater’ multiple times very fast to reveal the hidden message.)

  • Circ09

    I hate Ted Cruz with the power of 10000 suns. But Cruz will wipe the floor with Bernie in a debate. This is going to hurt us more than help anything.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Wow, what a room full of ignorance and whining. Bernie Sanders has been fighting for us for decades. Yet most here can’t admit the truth.

    • Sam

      I can’t imagine there’s a right-wing site anywhere filled with more hate toward Bernie Sanders than what you will find in the comments here on JMG. It’s here that I’ve learned even in a room filled with nothing but “lefties” you can always find an ass immediately to your right.

  • Maggie 4NoH8

    While I’d love to hear more from Bernie, I simply cannot carry the burden of listening to Cruz…

  • SnowFlake

    A Cage Match with Bernie! There will be blood!

  • JCF
    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      Exactly how I feel. Bernie or Bust? Bust won.