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In the Crossfire: Cornel West and Bill Kristol
September 23rd, 2013
01:04 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Cornel West and Bill Kristol


A week out from the government shutdown deadline, the debate over Obamacare, the President’s signature health care reform law, continues to rage. After the Republican-led House passed a bill that would shut down the government and defund Obamacare, the next move rests with the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to remove the provision that defunds the law.

At the center of this debate: does the government have a responsibility to provide health care for its citizens? Author and professor Cornel West, who believes the law doesn’t go far enough, and The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, who would repeal the entire law, join hosts S.E. Cupp and Van Jones to debate Obamacare.

We want you to weigh in. Do you think the government has a responsibility to provide health care for its citizens? You can also join the conversation by tweeting with #Crossfire.

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  1. charlton2013

    I love the blind insinuation that health insurance is the same thing as health care. It's either Soviet style propaganda or sheer ignorance.

    October 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  2. charlton2013

    I love the blind insinuation that health insurance is the same thing as healthcare. Which is it? This is either Soviet style propaganda or sheer ignorance. Both are dangerous...

    October 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  3. Nigel

    The question should be; "should we cut down on certain area of spending? In order to ensure that all American citizens be protected by some form of heath insurance?

    September 24, 2013 at 2:29 am | Reply
  4. Name*Jersey Jim

    Ask all candidates to sign a BINDING..CONTRACT...saying they will volunteraly step down if the do not activate their campaign promisses....

    September 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  5. Sandy J L

    Yes keep and fix the glitches, poor wording, etc. Clarify insurance company benefits vs. subscriber needs for coverage.

    September 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  6. Aston

    America was born out of the rejection of exploitation.
    The need to protect and develope the colony.
    How then does the Republican Party reject and encourage the wider America to reject the extension of medical care to the less fortunate in society.
    Universal healthcare ranks among the basic duty of government: Education, security, economic stability and Universal Healthcare.

    September 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • Grant Walter

      America was built on exploitation...slavery...hello? The American ideal has always been freedom over equality. The problem is that they are mutually exclusive, and freedom has usually only been secured for the elite. America is "a rich man's vision but a poor man's prison". I think the debate over healthcare is one area where this truth is coming to light.

      September 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  7. J. Trotter

    The CNN network is the worst channel for liberal or progressive hosts since it got rid of Eliot Spitzer who ran rings around conservative morons. Now they only have people like Kathleen Parker who could only welcome guests. Please get some liberals as hosts who are intelligent and can put the Neanderthals in their place.

    September 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  8. Maria

    Do you realize how expensive it is to be poor in this country?

    September 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  9. Maria

    Why do we always talk about 'fiscal responsibility' and personal responsibility when it comes to a safety net - so desperately needed with a lack of living wages, yet we NEVER have that same moral outrage when it comes to bankers, CEO salaries, government subsidies of big business.

    As is stands now WE pay/ subsidize Wal-Mart's health care. We don't talk about personal corporate responsibility when the right wants to subsidize them into profit.

    September 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  10. lloyd

    Your show tonight is a 10!
    The best political show I have ever seen.
    Show both sides with no spin perfect.

    September 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  11. Cameron

    There are so many provisions wrong with this bill, the language is ill-formed in several locations and there are known "glitches". I mean the rationed care by a group of medical "experts" is reason enough to 86 this thing. Do you want to be in a bind with a sudden illness and at the mercy of an invisible power that decides your fate based on budget allowances? Not me. Who defines what pre-existing conditions are? Who defines when you cut a person loose and stamp him/her as unsalvageable or not worth the cost to remedy the situation? This bill, like all acts of consolidation, effectively delivers power into the hands of few people. It does the exact opposite of what it preaches to accomplish, and the middle class will feel the bulk of the hardship.

    September 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Meekay

      You are absolutely correct.

      September 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • Marcus

      So true ,and you did read the law.

      September 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  12. Richard S. Howard

    The problem with this debate over healthcare is that the government's fix is an insurance fix and not a systems fix. There are no plans to address tort reform that drives up healthcare costs and drives providers out of the system to other professions or retirement. There are no plans to address the fact that the AMA and the specialty and subspecialty organizations control the number of residents who may enter a physician specialty thus gerrymandering the supply of physicians. There are no plans to address expanding existing programs like the number and supply of community health centers that offer health, dental, and mental health services based on the poverty level yet are also open to all in need of services. There are no plans to expand Rural Health Clinics which provide primary care regardless of the patient's ability to pay. There are no plans to expand Area Health Education Centers to expand secondary care services in rural areas and train ancillary care providers that then may be recruited into health shortage areas and medically under served areas.

    It appears that the quick solution is to create another government bureaucracy when the foundations for a real universal healthcare system are already in place, working for years and able to address the needs of the population with a little thought and expansion of scope.

    September 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  13. jnevins

    just shut this off....when two people talk AT THE SAME TIME, no interest and click to another channel.....

    TV talking heads do not get person talks,, the other listens, then the other person talks and that is intelligent conversation.

    reason to switch from Today Show to CBS Morning with Charlie Rose because THEY GET IT!


    September 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  14. Mr Health Benefits

    Why not amend the law? The single and most important aspect of the ACA is to guarantee every American has the right to purchase health insurance with no medical restrictions, and cannot be denied coverage. The second most important aspect of the ACA is the emphasis on prevention. Is mandate necessary?

    September 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply

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