At DC rumble, Can CNN hosts be fair when Cruz and Sanders debate Obamacare tax bill?

Ted Cruz on Twitter

Cruz understands the link between federal acquisition of personal wealth and loss of personal freedom. (Snip: Twitter, @SenTedCruz)

CNN has announced a special debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly referred to as Obamacare:

“WASHINGTON, D.C.—Feb. 1, 2017— CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate a Town Hall Debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Texas Senator Ted Cruz on the future of Obamacare at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

There is one major point I hope Cruz will get across to Americans who remain clueless about the intricacies and impact of this bill. 

Clinton and Sanders

2016 Democrat contenders Hillary Clinton (left) and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Snip from video: David Pakman show [https://youtu.be/vq7-vAY-oBQ])

Can these hosts, perceived as friendlier to Democrats than to Republicans, be fair to Cruz?

That remains to be seen. It is likely Americans will be interested in hearing what Sanders and Cruz, each of whom ran unsuccessfully for his party’s presidential nomination, have to say.

The event should be a good ratings get for CNN, in 9th place for cable network ratings.

Hopefully Cruz, a Republican, and Sanders, technically an independent but acting in conjunction with Democrats, will get across the fact that the bill Democrats passed by reconciliation without GOP support is a tax bill.

As a matter of fact, PPACA is a very fat tax bill. Taxes on medical devices, heath insurers, innovators in healthcare, policies (‘Cadillac tax’), and even a tax hike on biofuel are among the many ways Democrats came up with to acquire more money from Americans to fund the bill. Some of the taxes were scheduled to be implemented after the end of President Barack Obama’s second term.

National branded media didn’t bother to tell Americans about another tax that is deceptive. No longer can you take legal tax deductions if IRS thinks you’re doing it to get your taxes decreased. Re-read that sentence. Only an idiot doesn’t apply legal deductions to get his or her tax liability down. If ever there was an insult from the party of the left, this predatory standard is:

“Obamacare Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” (Tax hike of $4.5 billion/took effect immediately). This provision allows the IRS to disallow completely-legal tax deductions and other legal tax-minimizing plans just because the IRS deems that the action lacks “substance” and is merely intended to reduce taxes owed. Bill: Reconciliation Act; Page: 108-113”

CNN said “voters around the country” will be able to ask questions. Whether these are truly random voters or carefully selected advocates I cannot say.

Hopefully someone will ask at least two questions:

  • Where’s my $2,500 President Obama promised me repeatedly?
  • Why did my employer-based insurance end up hiking premiums and increasing deductibles?

Will the hosts treat Cruz fairly? The only way to tell is to tune in. (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 1, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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