On Monday night, CNN will host a town-hall style debate where senators will argue the pros and cons of repealing Obamacare.
Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) will debate the co-sponsors of the exceedingly unpopular Republican repeal bill, Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
“With a critical deadline looming, Graham and Cassidy, architects of the Republicans latest healthcare proposal, will debate Sanders and Klobuchar on the merits of the plan that would repeal and replace Obamacare,” CNN stated in its announcement.
CNN’s Jake Tapper will host the Washington, D.C. prime-time event on September 25, at 9 p.m. ET.
With the September 30 deadline quickly approaching, Republican lawmakers are feeling confident they can get the required votes to pass the bill, though CNN’s David Gergen argues, “If the Democrats make this a debate between single-payer and the Republican Graham/Cassidy bill, they will very likely lose that debate.” Gergen is a former adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.
The single-payer idea is gaining momentum within the liberal community — and, more specifically, with some possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates — however, it is still unclear if Medicare for all has a broad appeal nationwide.
CNN reported, “According to the chamber’s parliamentarian, senators only have until the end of the month to pass a bill with just 51 votes under the procedure known as reconciliation, and the Senate’s latest push isn’t all that different than the one that ultimately resulted in a health care bill being passed in the House.”
Should be a very interesting conversation.