'Medicare for all,' Stabenow says

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Many liberal lawmakers backed the single-payer plan during initial debates over healthcare reform, and Obama praised the idea on the campaign trail in 2008. The Affordable Care Act did not create that system and did not include a "public option." 

Stabenow hammered opponents of the healthcare law and ongoing attempts by the GOP to obstruct it. "I'm tired of the fights about whether or not it should exist. It does exist. It's changing lives," she said.

The Families USA conference lasts through Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Event organizers said several lawmakers will stop by Thursday, including Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (D-Iowa); Sen. Ben CardinBen CardinDem leaders try ‘prebuttal’ on Trump Dem super PAC ads pressure GOP senators to back independent Russia probe Dem senator: Don't let leaks distract from real issue of Russian interference MORE (D-Md.); and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseFive takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails A guide to the committees: Senate Pruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assault MORE (D-R.I.). U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will also be present, organizers said.