While America reeled from the impact of President Trump’s first week in office, CNN focused its attention on one of Trump’s larger campaign promises: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act — more commonly known as “Obamacare.”
As Congress prepares to once more draw battle lines over former President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, CNN has lined up two popular debaters to hash out the issue in a live town-hall style debate: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Going into the debate, most are well aware of where the two men stand on the issue. Senator Cruz built a presidential campaign around a promise to “repeal every word” of Obamacare, while Sanders maintained that the law’s largest flaw was that it did not go far enough.
Here’s a brief rundown of their respective Twitter commentaries on the law.
Senator Bernie Sanders:
Vermont pushes for single-payer health care in lieu of national reform law | Raw Story http://t.co/918IgHN
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 26, 2011
Obamacare is working: http://t.co/payWuHEjSY
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 30, 2014
Despite the modest gains of the Affordable Care Act we have 35 million people who still have no health insurance.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 20, 2015
We shouldn't be talking about repealing Obamacare. We should be expanding on the progress made to provide health care for all Americans.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 29, 2015
We still have, despite the gains of the Affordable Care Act, 28 million people with no health insurance. How is that moral?
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 1, 2016
The Affordable Care Act, which I helped write, has done some good things. But even with those improvements, we have got to do more.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 31, 2016
Our job today is defend the Affordable Care Act. Our job tomorrow is to create a single-payer system. #OurFirstStand
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 15, 2017
Senator Ted Cruz:
Three cheers for the federal district court decision today in Virginia that struck down the individual mandate provision of ObamaCare.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 13, 2010
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 28, 2011
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 24, 2012
3 years since Affordable Care Act passed & it's neither affordable nor caring. More on Obamacare's failures: http://t.co/3lSJ79qOFh
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2013
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 3, 2013
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 9, 2013
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 23, 2014
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 25, 2015
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 29, 2016
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 17, 2016
The debate will take place at George Washington University and will air on CNN on Tuesday, February 7th at 9 p.m. eastern and will be moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash.