In his debate Tuesday night against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) used a Heritage chart about the flaws with Obamacare.

According to Politico

…he [Cruz] came armed with reams of damaging data, and at one point held up a Heritage Foundation chart on the lack of competition in many Affordable Care Act exchange markets.

You can watch the clip below:

Do you believe Cruz won the debate?  Would you like to see more Heritage research used by lawmakers like this?

Comments (26)

JOHN GLASS - February 10, 2017

Actually, Sanders may have listened, but many of Cruz’s opposition are numb to his presentations ……

Dianne - February 10, 2017

If Congress proceeds with this business as usual attitude, fails to once AGAIN support what the American people want, fails to provide support for President Trump after giving Obama everything he wanted, it will have fatal consequences for the country as the left wing is poised to destroy our Constitution forever.

Charles Davenport - February 10, 2017

I’m proud of Senator Cruz. Thanks for you sending it to him.

Timothy R. Buttner - February 10, 2017

I did not see the debate, but given Heritage back-up and the relative abilities of the contestants, I doubt Mr. Sanders had much of a chance…

Bobbie Holmes - February 10, 2017

Republican Congressmen should get the heck to work!

PHILBROOK K COLLINS - February 10, 2017

Heritage provides well researched documentation that present the truth on the subject. It seems the democrats want to do character assassination rather than rational discussions of subjects (Elizabeth Warren). Another example is the protests by “progressives” that do nothing but destroy and trash wherever they go. Nothing progressive about that.

Sara - February 10, 2017

Yes, Ted won the debate handily. Tell Congress to get busy repealing and then replacing Obamacare.

Mary Roloff - February 10, 2017

Yes he won the debate and I absolutely would LOVE to see more lawmakers using Heritage research to make their cases.

Brenda - February 10, 2017

Yes! He did, but the Drive-by media has already spun it to a Sanders win. This is not an election cycle. Debating repeal is NOT necessary! Save the debates and Heritage’s great research for the replacement debates. No debate will convince a radical liberal at this time. Possibly never. The country wants Obamacare gone! WAKE UP! CONGRESS! REPEAL IT NOW. STOP CATERING TO THE LEFT!

Richard Warnock - February 10, 2017

I appreciate the resources that Heritage makes available. Arguing by presenting facts makes it more difficult for windbags and progressives to prevail in a debate. Keep up the good work.

Peter C Jensen - February 10, 2017

I appreciated Ted Cruz’s points during the debate, including his use of your chart. But Sen. Sanders often claimed Ted’s thinking was wrong (but said he did agree with him on some points). I wonder if the approval of Tom Price last night, and his being sworn in today (2/10) will move Obamacare’s repeal back into the limelight, and make repeal happen before the reconciliation option expires?

Gretchen London - February 10, 2017

I’m proud of work done by Heritage Foundation.

Phyllis - February 10, 2017

I’m very happy that HERITAGE produces quality material that can help our Congress members. BUT, We need to get down to the VOTE to Repeal Obamacare and have the Replace options in place and ready to GO. Keep the pressure on Congress to do it NOW.

James Phillips - February 10, 2017

Pity it wasn’t Sen. Cruz arguing the temporary immigration ban. As for Congress, no more excuses.They have had 8 years to agree on a formulation to replace Obamacare and a strategy to implement the new plan, all the while, communicating to and engaging the American public. The President should hold their feet to the fire.

Robert Windle - February 10, 2017

I think Sen. Cruz won the debate hands down! He was well armed with the heritage information.

Henry C. Holder - February 10, 2017

Yes to both of your questions.

Bill Coates - February 10, 2017

A well-presented chart is better than hours of chatter. Keep up the good work! Facts must be presented visually when the education system fails to develop thinking ability.

Dwight Moore - February 10, 2017

One of the ways they paid for Obamacare was to increase Medicare costs. My $50.00 per month A B and D cost went to $280.00 per month. They did this by modifying Adjusted Gross Income to include Tax Free income. When it does get cancelled, will they revert my cost back the way they were?

Linda G. White - February 10, 2017

Yes, I believe Ted Cruz won the debate with the help of Heritages well researched statistics. Senator Cruz is a wise man and not too proud to have Heritage steam engine accurate research behind him. I wish Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell would not be so reticent regarding Repeal and Replace Obamacare. They are missing the boat and they don’t have to. Taxpayers will suffer and so will those at the ballot box if they don’t kick this abomination of healthcare out of existence because their old buddies are sweet talking them. They are paid to work for the citizens. They have been given our wishes through President Trump. ACT ON IT!

Al Wunsch - February 11, 2017

I’d like to see the media bring on more of these presentations instead of the usual dem/repub sound bites that drone on 24 hrs a day with supposedly party activists etc. Don’t know why these members of congress don’t do this more often – lazy? too embroiled in their K st buddies stuff or other donor obligations? Rarely see much from prominent repubs like McCain, McConnell, Ryan etc. The latter two could hold a periodic news update and ensure the public knows what they are doing (or did) for the week and where appropriate, what the dems did or did not do to help. Make it impossible for the public not to see who is working and who is obstructing.

Raymond Badynskyj - February 12, 2017

Since I believe that free markets are a better approch to solving any problem, I believe Ted Cruz won the debate. Ted Cruz is a fabulous debater and a small government advocator and any assistance the Heritage Foundation can provide is money well spent.

Della - February 12, 2017

What is the Republican Congress waiting for? Bernie Sanders appeared to busy drinking his coffee to listen – But we the American people saw the chart and listened. GET TO WORK – FULL REPEAL

M. Masters - February 13, 2017

Absolutely – and not only lawmakers, but the president, also.

Vada Smith - February 14, 2017

President Trump needs to get on with what he promised his supporters and ignore Obama’s meddling with what the majority of the great American’s voted for.

Martha Phillips - March 8, 2017

I certainly trust Heritage Foundation reports much more than any others, especially those coming from the government.

Martha Phillips - March 8, 2017

I certainly trust the Heritage Foundation reports more than those produced by the government. I did not see the debate, but I have a lot of faith in Senator Cruz to do a good job in refuting Senator Sanders.

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