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WATCH: 7 Best Moments From Ted Cruz’s Smackdown of Bernie Sanders on Healthcare

By  Aaron Bandler

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) smacked down Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in an epic debate on healthcare on CNN Tuesday evening. Cruz came prepared with facts, figures and a touch of personable humor while the wild-eyed socialist angrily repeated a few talking points.

Here are the seven best moments from the debate.

1. Cruz forced Sanders to admit that former President Barack Obama lied about Obamacare. When Sanders tried to justify Obamacare’s higher premiums by saying that premiums rose under George W. Bush’s presidency as well, Cruz asked him a simple question: “Why did President Obama look in the eyes of the American people and promise Laronda that her health insurance premiums would go down $2,500 a year? Was he telling the truth when he said that? And were you and the other Democrats telling the truth when you echoed his promise to the American people?”

This was how Sanders responded:

“Well, Ted, for a start, as everybody knows, health care is pretty complicated,” Sanders said. “I think President Obama is an honest person, and I think based on his assessment, that’s what he believed.”

Cruz asked Sanders if what Obama and Democrats had said was, in fact, true.

“Turns out not to be true,” Sanders said, before going back to talking about health care costs while President George W. Bush was in office.

2. Cruz joked about being born in Canada. “Bernie mentions Canada quite a bit,” Cruz said. “I know quite a bit about Canadian health care, I was born there.”

This prompted a laugh from the audience, and even Sanders couldn’t help but smile.

Cruz then engaged in another self-deprecating joke: “Bernie, that may be the best argument against your position…you know, look what it produced.”

“Look at what the result is,” Sanders chuckled.

3. Cruz whipped out a map to show the areas of the country that have been harmed the most by Obamacare. “You look at this map, this also very much looks like the electoral map that elected Donald Trump,” Cruz said. “It’s really quite striking that the communities that have been hammered by this disaster of a law said, ‘Enough already.'”

WATCH: Cruz makes a fascinating point about ObamaCare and presidential electoral map in 2016. #CNNDebateNight

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4. Cruz schooled Sanders on what rights are. When Sanders pressed Cruz as to whether healthcare is a human right, Cruz eloquently explained that healthcare is not a right; access to it is. The whole point of rights is to protect people from the government interfering with their lives.

5. Cruz destroyed Sanders’s socialist philosophy in less than a minute. Cruz noted that he agreed with Sanders that corruption permeates throughout Washington, D.C. He then brought up this key point: “If the problem is that government is corrupt, why on Earth would you want more power in Washington?”

6. Cruz invoked Sanders’ state of Vermont to explain the failures of socialized medicine. “If you look at socialized medicine, people leave there–tens and hundreds of thousands every year–leave socialized medicine countries because they want to get a hip replacement, a knee replacements,” Cruz said. “You know, the governor of one of the Canadian provinces came to America to get heart surgery, and he was a governor in Canada and by the way, in your home state of Vermont, your hospitals advertise with Canadian flags, ‘Come to American hospitals, you’ll get better healthcare.'”

7. Cruz’s closing statement. Cruz began his closing statement by turning to the audience and asking the members how many of them experienced higher premiums and canceled insurance policies; a number of people raised their hands to each. Cruz summed up “the edifice of lies” underlying Obamacare and articulated that the government involvement in the area of the healthcare is the problem, so the answer is less government and giving more power to patients and consumer choice.

Follow Aaron Bandler on Twitter @bandlersbanter.

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