Health debate to take over Sunday shows

The White House and key congressional lawmakers will further carve their niches in the healthcare debate on this weekend’s Sunday talk shows.

One of the guests adding to the debate will be Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves Wilson75 years after D-Day: Service over self Valerie Plame to run for Congress in New Mexico Pollster says younger lawmakers more likely to respond to State of the Union on social media MORE (R-S.C.), whose outburst at President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHealth care moves to center stage in Democratic primary fight Meghan McCain shares video of father shutting down supporter who called Obama an 'Arab' after Trump rally Poll: Majority of Democratic voters happy with their choices among 2020 contenders MORE during his congressional address this week captured headlines.

The discussion has reached a fever pitch in the days following Obama’s address; Republicans have since labeled the president’s approach to healthcare as partisan and divisive, while Democrats are struggling to find a common footing on their linchpin issue – the public option.


Standing in for the administration on Sunday will be White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who will take questions about the president’s speech on CNN’s “State of the Nation.” Also representing the Obama administration will be Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusFederal investigators concluded Ryan Zinke's MAGA socks violated Hatch Act Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? MORE, who will appear on “This Week,” and David Axelrod, who will visit “Face the Nation.”

A number of Republicans are also slated to appear this weekend – all vocal critics of the Democrats’ plans for health reform. Sens. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamScarborough sounds alarm on political 'ethnic cleansing' after Trump rally The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants GOP rattled by Trump rally MORE (R-S.C.) will make their party’s case against the public option on “Fox News Sunday.” Following them will be Rep. Joe Wilson, made famous this week for shouting "You Lie!" during the president's Wednesday address. Meanwhile, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) fights back Democratic lawmakers during a roundtable on ABC. Pawlenty, specifically, will talk about his work in Minnesota reforming healthcare and establishing low-cost coverage.

House Republican Whip Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorGOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington House Republicans find silver lining in minority MORE (Va.) will follow Gibbs on CNN. And Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (R-Texas) will join former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on “Meet the Press” to discuss whether bipartisan health care reform is even possible at this point.

The Democrats, too, will be on the offensive. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) will further make the case for his healthcare co-op plan on “Fox News Sunday.” His proposal has received considerable attention on the Hill this week, after Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Steyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong MORE (D-Nev.) said it could be an effective alternative to the public option. 

Conrad will appear alongside Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Feds allow campaigns to accept discounted cybersecurity services GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (D-Mo.), a moderate Senate voice who recently met with the president to discuss healthcare reform.

The party’s internal struggle over the public will be on full display on ABC, which will host Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCongress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ Lobbying world MORE (D-La.), who mostly opposes a government plan, and Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerBottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease Lobbying World MORE (D-W.V.), who largely favors it. At the same time, Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Senate approves long-delayed tax treaties in win for business MORE (D-Ill) and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean will likely defend the proposal on “Meet the Press.”

But all eyes will be on a handful of lawmakers who have yet to define their positions in the healthcare debate. Among them: Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report MORE (R-Maine) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator How to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse MORE (D-N.H.), who will present their ideas on CNN.

While they discuss reforms, the Senate’s most prominent swing voter -- Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) – will appear on CBS. Snowe has worked quite closely with Democrats recently, even negotiating directly with the White House before Obama’s speech. She, too, will likely define her position in the healthcare debate on Sunday.