Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders squared off last night during a town hall-style debate on Obamacare hosted by CNN.
While the debate was a lively affair with two sharply contrasting viewpoints on healthcare policy in the United States, it was inevitable that the 2016 election would come up.
During one exchange, Cruz pulled out a map and said that in 70 percent of American counties, the Obamacare exchanges only provide one or two health insurance plans. He then weighed in with a revealing bit of analysis about how this related to the 2016 presidential election.
"It's interesting you look at this map and it 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,'" he added.
Correlation does not imply causation, especially in an election as complicated and multifaceted as the 2016 presidential race. With that said, it's undoubtedly true that the complications of Obamacare played some type of role in shaping the opinions of the American voter.
It's safe to say that at the very least, Cruz's map provides food for thought about the electoral effects of Obama's landmark piece of legislation.
Watch the video to see Cruz's full statement on the map.
WATCH: Cruz makes a fascinating point about ObamaCare and presidential electoral map in 2016. #CNNDebateNight pic.twitter.com/beARg9h933— MRCTV.org (@mrctv) February 8, 2017