Washington (CNN) – Noted Senate liberal Bernie Sanders stood in support of Obamacare Tuesday even while saying the bill doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, reiterated his support of a universal single-payer Medicare for all, inspired by health care programs in Europe. On CNN’s Crossfire, he called the Affordable Care Act that Congress passed in 2010 a “good Republican program,” referring to the Massachusetts program introduced by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that served as the blueprint for what has come to be known as Obamacare.
JOIN THE LIVE BLOG
Less than a week from the government shutdown deadline, the debate continues over President Obama’s controversial health care law. Despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plans to remove the provision that defunds the law, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has taken to the Senate floor to deliver remarks on Obamacare and the shutdown, saying, “I intend to speak until I am no longer able to stand.”
Tonight, two U.S. Senators, Bernie Sanders, an independent who supports Obamacare, and Republican Lindsey Graham, who opposes it, face off on the controversial health care law with hosts Newt Gingrich and Van Jones.
We want you to weigh in. Do you think the implementation of Obamacare should be delayed to make changes to the law? Reply with Yes or No below, respond to our tweet, or comment on our Facebook post to vote.
With the return of "Crossfire" to CNN, we are taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.
In this peek into host Newt Gingrich’s life outside of politics, the former House speaker and 2012 presidential candidate reveals his unusual phone ringtone and his fondness for a certain fast food establishment.
Gingrich’s ringtone choice, ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” comes from his appreciation of the musical movie “Mamma Mia,” which he says is “an amazing achievement” and “as energetic and compelling as any scene I’ve seen in a musical, so I really get a kick out of it.”
Gingrich, noted for his love of the latest technologies, also divulged that his wife has a McDonald’s app on her phone, allowing them to locate the nearest restaurant anywhere in the world. Gingrich says he is a particular fan of the Chicken McWrap, noting it is “fairly low cal.” In the next breath, when asked his favorite food, Gingrich doesn’t miss a beat: “A McDonald’s ice cream cone.”
"Crossfire" airs on CNN weekdays at 6:30pm ET.