'Medicare for all,' Stabenow says

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 HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Trump should require federal contractors to follow the law Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate MORE (D-Iowa); Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis Cardin Senate Dem hoping Pompeo now has 'greater appreciation' for balancing national security, civil rights Time for the Pentagon to create a system to better track its spending Trump, lawmakers cautious on North Korea signal MORE (D-Md.); and Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Overnight Energy: EPA plans to restrict use of science data for regs | Pruitt's Italy trip cost more than K | Perry insists he's staying at Energy Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support MORE (D-R.I.). U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will also be present, organizers said.