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September 24th, 2013
07:04 PM ET

Roundtable: What can help Obamacare?

President Barack Obama visited the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday, where he sat down with former president Bill Clinton in an effort to sell Obamacare at a summit in New York. Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz stood on the Senate floor in an effort to suck the funding out of the health care law.

Obama has dubbed Clinton his unofficial secretary of explaining stuff, but the sit down talk may not do much to get his health care message out to the masses.

"There is so much noise right now," said senior political writer at Politico Maggie Haberman.

While Cruz was making a play against it, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Tuesday and made a very impassioned speech at the Clinton Global Initiative summit, criticizing Senate and House Republicans.

"If there's a chance of it breaking through, it's because both Clintons are pushing it out," said Haberman. But "people still don't understand it, and I don't think this is going to make a huge difference."

On the other side of the aisle, Cruz's tactics are dividing Republicans who are staunchly against Obamacare.

"He's just earned a lot of enemies on the right, the people who should be his strongest allies," said CNN contributor and writer for the National Review Online Reihan Salam.

In the latest CNN poll, 54% of respondents opposed Obamacare, but of that group, 16% opposed it because they thought the bill was not liberal enough. There is a core group of progressives who do not like the bill because they feel it did not go far enough, which is, to a degree, hurting the president's cause.

"This bill has not been communicated to the American people effectively, but the history of social reform in this country, take social security, for example, is something flawed is passed ... and then it's built on. It's reformed, it begins to include people who were left out at the beginning," said Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation.

"What you see in Ted Cruz today is fear on the floor. It's fear that if this plan is passed, it will never be repealed, and it will become part of the economic decency and dignity of the middle class of working people in this country," said Vanden Heuvel.

For more of this discussion, watch the video above.

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