During a health-care debate between Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on CNN Tuesday, there were many heated exchanges between the two politicians who have remarkably opposing ideas on the future of health care in America.
One of the most memorable moments came when Cruz pulled out a paper map showing the audience — and America — how many counties in the United States have only one or two health-care insurance options. But it was the comparison that Cruz made between the map and the 2016 presidential election that viewers remember.
During the debate, Cruz often argued that what Americans truly want and need is more health-care options. That way, Americans could select the plan that best works for them and their families, Cruz said.
However, because of Obamacare, health insurance companies are pulling out of exchanges, leaving Americans with few choices. In fact, 70 percent of all U.S. counties have only one or two insurance options, Cruz said. Holding up a map with the counties shaded.
70% of US counties lack choice & competition on #Obamacare exchanges. #CNNDebateNight https://t.co/fHyAWNZkSk— Senator Ted Cruz (@Senator Ted Cruz)1486521053.0
Cruz then drew a comparison to the 2016 Electoral College map.
"It’s interesting, you look at this map, this also very much looks like the electoral map that elected Donald Trump," Cruz said to laughs from the crowd. "It’s really quite striking that the communities that have been hammered by this disaster of a law said, 'Enough already.'"
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Throughout the night, both senators — who were also candidates for president last year — stuck to their main talking points. Cruz reiterated his desire for a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, while Sanders argued for an improvement of Obamacare that transitions into a government run, single-payer system.
However, the two did find several points of agreement: that health insurance companies should stop merging into even larger corporations, that "big pharma" is too big and that the health-care industry is plagued by mountains of paperwork.