CNN to host health-care debate with ObamaCare repeal sponsors

CNN to host health-care debate with ObamaCare repeal sponsors
© Greg Nash

CNN will host a town hall-style debate Monday night where senators will face off over the new ObamaCare repeal bill.

The network announced that Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump claims a 'spy' on his campaign tried to help 'Crooked Hillary' win Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race Webb: Drain the swamp MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate reaches deal on new sexual harassment policy Washington governor to make Iowa debut Senators near deal on sexual harassment policy change MORE (D-Minn.), opponents of the bill, will debate its co-sponsors, Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary Graham working on new ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Graham: Trump will 'end North Korea’s threat to the American homeland' in his first term Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in after Texas school shooting MORE (R-S.C.).

The prime-time event will be moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper and the network's chief political correspondent Dana Bash live from Washington, D.C.

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"With a critical deadline looming, Graham and Cassidy, architechs of the Republicans latest healthcare proposal, will debate Sanders and Klobuchar on the merits of the plan that would repeal and replace Obamacare," the network said in its announcement.

The debate will come just days before a possible vote on the bill in the Senate, which would have to occur next week for Republicans to use special budgetary rules to avoid a Democratic filibuster.

Republican lawmakers are optimistic they can get the necessary votes to pass the bill before a Sept. 30 deadline.