February 7, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Debate Night: The Future of Obamacare (Bernie Sanders v. Ted Cruz)

by Santana Jackson

GU Politics was excited to partner with Georgetown College Republicans and Georgetown College Democrats on February 7th to watch the debate about the future of Obamacare. The conversation between Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Ted Cruz was moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash at George Washington University. The debate was scheduled to last for 90 minutes.

Sanders and Cruz debated the broken promises of the Obama presidency and his instatement of health care, as well as the devastation that would ensue if certain people's Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage were revoked. Both senators agreed that there needed to be improvements to the current health care system. However, they disagreed on how they would like to fix it.

Senator Cruz pointed to the increased profits of insurance companies and how the average American's premiums have increased. Senator Sanders responded by positing his dream for America, which is to get insurance companies out of health care and institute a single-payer medicare plan for all Americans. Sanders and Cruz then switched to discussing how they would protect people who are alive because of the ACA, especially those with preexisting conditions. Senator Cruz discussed the need for health care reform to expand competition, and keep the government separate from the conversations between individuals and their doctors. Senator Sanders responded by asserting that we cannot logically or plausibly cover those with preexisting conditions without a mandate.

Overall, the two senators disagreed widely about the role of government in our health care system. While Senator Sanders argued for regulation, Senator Cruz argued for more of a free market system. Senator Cruz provided many of stories about how the government obstructs health care in other countries, as well as our own. Additionally, Senator Sanders used more facts and stories about the American system and what will happen eventually when the ACA is repealed. The two covered multiple policy issues related to the ACA and any potential future health care systems. It was a very robust debate that I believe helped detail both sides of the argument.

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