During a townhall debate on February 7 with Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) produced a map to the surprise of his debate opponent in order to illustrate a point about the Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare. The Texas Republican said that in 70 percent of the counties in the country, Americans have a choice of but one or two health insurance plans on the Obamacare exchanges.
 
Cruz said, “It’s interesting, you look at this map, this also very much looks like the electoral map that elected Donald Trump.” He then held up a map of the counties in question, adding, “It’s really quite striking that the communities that have been hammered by this disaster of a law said, ‘Enough already.’”
 
The Vermont socialist Sanders agreed that Obamacare should be reformed but was still strongly opposed to the repeal and replacement that both President Donald Trump and the GOP have called for. 
 
Arguing in favor of the benefits of free-market competition in the health insurance industry, Cruz said that the “rationing” of healthcare and prolonged wait times will always result when the government controls health care.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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