Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are the co-sponsors of a final attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as a looming deadline approaches at the end of the month. While Graham and Cassidy try to get their bill passed, Bernie Sanders has given a new option to consider, a “Medicare for all” health care bill. Not only did Sanders propose this bill, he has a third of the Senate Democratic caucus behind him.
Due to the large difference of viewpoints, Cassidy and Graham will be going up against Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar in a live-streamed debate from Washington. The debate will air on Monday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET, on CNN.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper, alongside chief political correspondent Dana Bash, will preside over the 90-minute event.
Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy will be debating health care with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar on Monday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET.
Senators only have until the end of the month to pass some form of a healthcare bill, with just 51 votes, according to the chamber’s parliamentarian. This procedure is known as reconciliation.
The Graham-Cassidy proposal, which was only released a week ago, may not even have enough Republican votes to advance. If it does advance, however, it will repeal the individual and employer mandates, in addition to turning the federal funding for Medicaid expansion and subsidies into a block grant program.
Many are worried that there is a very real possibility the bill could pass, despite all of its flaws, purely because of the pettiness of Republicans. Republicans are aware that this could be their last shot at repealing and replacing ObamaCare, and now they’re scrambling to do just that. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told reporters:
‘You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered, but Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.’
Senator Sanders, on the other hand, has a totally different approach in mind. Sanders said the thing on most Americans’ minds, that the costs of the current health care system are “insane and unaffordable.” Sanders made the promise that under his plan the average American household would benefit financially because they “will no longer be writing checks to private insurance companies.”
Sanders proposal, however, hasn’t come without its fair share of skepticism. Many believe that Sanders and those aiming for universal health care are dreamers, and need to focus on more attainable goals. The president himself condemned the senator on Twitter, vowing to veto his plans, and calling out his fellow Republicans for their failure to pass health care reform in the past.
This debate is definitely going to get interesting.
The live stream debate will take place Monday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET, on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International as well as stream live for subscribers on CNNgo and the CNN mobile app. It will also be aired on CNN’s SiriusXM Channel 116.
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