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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) SandersHannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' Chuck Todd lashes out at Fox, defends wife in radio interview Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd GOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor MORE (D-Minn.), opponents of the bill, will debate its co-sponsors, Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyRepublicans have a long way to go toward fully repealing ObamaCare Senators press administration on mental health parity Longer sentences won’t stop the opioid epidemic MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller Rand Paul under pressure as Pompeo hunts for votes Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination 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.