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) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFranken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics MORE (D-Minn.), opponents of the bill, will debate its co-sponsors, Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China 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.