Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on a hitting streak in 2017.
First, he owned Deadspin on Twitter. On Tuesday night, Cruz destroyed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in a CNN town hall debate on Obamacare. And he did it by exposing the flawed health care law’s treatment of millennials.
“There’s no group in America that’s been hurt by Obamacare more than young people,” Cruz said in front of an audience at George Washington University. “Young people were left on the chopping block.”
The Texas Senator then continued to drop some facts. “A recent study found that the Obamacare mandates… have increased.”
Cruz then listed the three costliest mandates “have increased premiums by 44 percent.”
“Without those mandates,” Cruz explained. “The typical 21-year-old would pay $1,100 a year less. If you’re 21, think about whether it would be easier to afford health care if it cost $1,100 a year less.”
The obvious answer is that consumers prefer lower premiums, and Obamacare has been doing the exact opposite.
“Before Obamacare, the most affordable plan that was available… for a 30-year-old Texan woman was $470 a year,” Cruz said. “Today, under Obamacare, the cheapest plan is… $3,236.”
Of course, Sen. Sanders continued pitching Cruz to join him on bringing about a single-payer government run health care system, but Cruz rebuked. Instead, Cruz came prepared and showed everyone in the debate hall and the nation why Obamacare is broken and needs to be repealed and replaced.
Watch an excerpt from Tuesday night’s debate below: