A constant theme in recent months in politics has been regarding “fake news” and what is to be considered reputable information. As President Trump has continued to fight against CNN, The New York Times, and other media outlets, many have criticized the Trump Administration, especially for their use of “alternative facts.”
This week, CNN held a town hall focused on the issue of healthcare in the United States. With uncertainty surrounding Obamacare and potential replacements, CNN held a debate between Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
For the most part, the debate provided an excellent outlet to see two individuals with profoundly different ideas debate about ideas and policy, rather than personal attacks. This type of debate was certainly lacking in this past Presidential election cycle.
Difficult questions were posed to both of the Senators on stage. Sanders was asked a number of difficult questions from small business owners who have faced significant obstacles as a result of regulations put in place under the Obama Administration, many of which have also been advocated for by Sanders as well.
Similarly, Cruz was posed with some very difficult questions from people who told stories about how they benefitted from Obamacare and the impending Medicaid expansion. Some of these questions certainly were difficult, as they were presented by people who had very personal experiences where they were directly impacted negatively from specific policies.
One of the most difficult questions asked of the night was one directed to Ted Cruz. One of which was Carol Hardaway, who explained she received coverage thanks to the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.
Her question was:
I have Multiple Sclerosis, but could not afford insurance. Without the treatment of medications I need, I had problems with walking, my speech, and my vision. When the Affordable Care Act was passed, I moved from our home in Texas because they refused to expand medicaid, to Maryland. And in two weeks, I started to receive treatments through medicaid, and I’m well enough to work as a substitute teacher. Senator Cruz, can you promise me that you and the Republican leaders in Congress will actually have a replacement plan in place for people like me who depend on their medicaid. In other words, I like my coverage. Can I keep it?
Interestingly though, when Hardaway read her question, there were words on the flip side of the paper which may have revealed something about the question. The sheet of paper appeared to have in the email subject line, “Your Question.”
— Jenna Abrams (@Jenn_Abrams) February 8, 2017
It is certainly not known who sent this email, or any intentions behind it. However, with all the questions involving integrity of the White House and the media, there certainly are questions which are naturally raised by this.
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