CNN will host to a bipartisan health care debate Monday night
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy will debate Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar
CNN will host a bipartisan health care town hall debate Monday night in the midst of a third high-profile attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana will debate the future of health care with Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.
The town hall debate will air on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International as well as stream live for subscribers on CNNgo and the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. It will also be available to stream live on CNN’s SiriusXM Channel 116. The town hall debate will also be available September 26 on demand via cable or satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate the 90-minute live event from Washington.
Graham and Cassidy are the namesake sponsors of the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare ahead of an end-of-the-month deadline, while Sanders recently introduced a new “Medicare for all” health care bill with the support of one-third of the Senate Democratic caucus. Klobuchar has not endorsed Sanders’ bill.
A revised version of the Graham-Cassidy bill was circulating on Capitol Hill Sunday and Republicans are still trying to lock down key votes after Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky have publicly opposed the bill, meaning leadership can’t afford to lose one more. Several others, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have made known their deep reservations. On CNN Sunday morning, Collins said that it was “very difficult” for her to envision getting to a “yes.”
Under Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal, Americans would receive a “Universal Medicare card” that would be a ticket to comprehensive health care services, including hospital stays, doctor visits, substance abuse treatment, dental, vision and reproductive care – including abortion.