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Obamacare: cure for a broken system or political disease?
November 6th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Obamacare: cure for a broken system or political disease?

Do Tuesday's elections show that voters eventually will accept Obamacare, or is it becoming a political disease for Democrats?

Republican Sen. David Vitter and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders join Van Jones and Newt Gingrich in the #Crossfire tonight at 6:30pm ET to discuss.

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  1. FG

    Title should read: "Obamacare: Not a Cure for a Broken System AND ALSO a Political Disease"

    It's amazing to me how Democrats mindlessly parroted the phrase: "If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance." over and over and over again. And now, they're distancing themselves from Obama and the administration like rats abandoning a sinking ship.

    This week, Stephanie Cutter openly admitted on air to using this same phrase, herself, many times. Remember that Stephanie is part of this administration. She helped create this very dishonest and very dishonorable administration.

    Keep in mind what this administration's greatest achievements are...

    1) Caught lying about ObamaCare Insurance Accessibility
    2) The Obamacare website "Debacle"
    3) Benghazi
    4) IRS scandal
    5) NSA Spying
    6) Phone tapping the media and labeling notable journalist as "potential terrorist" in subpoenas
    7) Fast and Furious Denial
    8) GSA Fraud
    9) Solyndra
    10) Spying & Tapping of Merkel's and Other Leaders' Phones & Email
    11) Shovel Ready Jobs that never happened

    November 10, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
  2. Diane

    CNN you are walking a fine line with the information you are putting on the web and talking about on TV. How many times have you mislead people, you all talk about this President with little respect and only bring out the talking point's of the republican's, you did thru the first and second election's and we the people will not stand for it anymore, you either change your tatics or i quess we will have to start another boycott of CNN like we did a few years ago, im sure you will not appreciate when your rating's drop again. as it is, most people around the world do not look at CNN as credible, but we will not put up with your LIE'S, disception. The MEDIA should also be telling the american people the whole truth. i was just watching a while ago and you had someone giving number's from a state that only signed up 30 people, that is not correct. maybe you were talking about the web sight but more people than that have signed up in person and on the phone, I know this because i have family and friends that have all ready signed up in that state and they total more than 30. so quite your lying or i will have all these people on your doorstep within 1 week. that is not a threat, that is a promise, so you better revise that statement or you will see what damage our boycott will do, we are tired of the lies, and decIEpt you are spreading, people should be celebrating getting healthcare, it is a real blessing to regular folks, but of course you all would know nothing about that because you all have had healthcare thru your job. I don't think the media REALIZES WHAT THIS MEANS TO SO MANY AMERICAN'S. You all act like Mitt Romney,who did not have a clue what poor and lower class people deal with every day like WHERE ARE THE JOBS BILL,Maybe if you pounded on Republican's for the distruction that they have done to the country and blocking EVERYTHING this President has tried to do , shutting down the government, taking the country to the bring twice already (which was down graded,first time in history) hurting. and the racism and hatred they spew. have you noticed how many mass shootings have happened since these republican's started their hatred campagn, we are tired of the lies they tell american's, especially thew lies they tell their own districts, You all are making canadian people look really good in the world, because we found out that their are so many people in your country who actually believe these republican lies, i'm canadian and we all know the president was born in the USA, we all know that he is probably the most intelligent President you have ever had, and actually is for all the people in the USA, trying to make their lives better, All your previous president's were bought and paid for, corrupt,or starting war's to cover their own agenda, not this President, 95% of people around the world cannot believe all the racism and hatred toward's an honest hard working, peaceful President, it's very sad. and all we see is the MEDIa, Republican's, and squeeler's do everything in their power to bring him down. It's discusting and it's UN-AMERICAN. SHAME ON YOU ALL....

    November 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  3. Amanda

    75% of the country had insurance. 25% did not. Why not just fix the 25% instead of distroying the entire system? Also Obamacare has redefined the standard work week down from 40hrs. to 30hrs. Why is ther no outrage about that?

    November 8, 2013 at 5:13 am | Reply
  4. INSURANCE is the PROBLEM

    Insurance is a major part of the whole problem. Insurance wastes 25% or more of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your healthcare. The ONLY solution (since providers aren't willing to compete on prices) is a single payer system. A single payer system is the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices (the real health care issue).

    November 7, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  5. California

    According to The White House people with cancer can just die like they want Edie Sundby do to.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  6. Michael Murphy

    Come on people, Obamacare is the way to go. So what if you rich people have to pay more then I do, I deserve to be helped. Life has been unfair to me, it's hard to find a job. I have 6 kids that need fed and clothed. It's hard to do on just minimum wage and what unemployment pays. Then on top of that, they cut my food stamps. This country is going crazy. Why do republicans hate the poor?

    November 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  7. Claus Gehner

    Mr Gingrich, in his disingenuous style one should be used to by now, quoted the one or two medical conditions in which the US happens to do relatively well, at least relative to the UK. He conveniently ignores the overwhelming evidence of the poor performance of the US health care system, and its at least twice as high cost as the OECD average.
    I suggest Mr. Gingrich read (if he actually wants the facts)
    http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/49105858.pdf

    The arguments of Sen. Vitter were equally disingenuous. He says he is concerned about the 19,000 people SUPPOSEDLY loosing their insurance because of ObamaCare, but in spite of all his protestations, actual GOP (in-)action shows he was never concerned about all the policy cancellations by private insurances long before ObamaCare.

    November 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  8. mike

    Say that the US got single payer and the government ran and gave everyone free insurance, and my 90 yrs old grand ma can get that new hip. Who gunna pay for all this. Were 17 trillion in debt and out taxes are already thru the roof. Were are all these doctors coming from? What about the 15 million illegals. This is a sick joke. Free market capitalism and compition will fox health care.

    November 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  9. cosmok

    It only matters that it's hurting middle class Americans. I thought the grand plan with the ACA was to get the uninsured insured, opposed to getting the insured uninsured.

    November 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  10. JenniferNY

    If they can't even get the website to run, good luck with trying to get any claims processed.

    November 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • IT's

      It's private insurance companies that process the claims. You do know that right? No, I bet not.

      November 7, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
  11. Mary

    I always enjoyed X-fire in the past, but with all the credible, intelligent conservatives available, why Gingrich?? Makes it unwatchable.

    November 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  12. george

    The democrats appear to be even MORE ruthless and corrupt than I thought they were capable of. LIES LIES LIES

    November 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • The REAL Truth...

      Why limit the RANT to Dems??? The 2-party system is just that. If you believe the GOP is any less ruthless and corrupt than the Dems then you really need to look harder.

      November 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Reply

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