Amy Klobuchar will go head-to-head with health bill senators in TV debate

She'll be teaming up with Bernie Sanders.
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Minnesota's senior senator, Amy Klobuchar, will go head-to-head with the authors of a controversial health bill in a Town Hall-style debate live on CNN.

The TV network announced Thursday that Sen. Klobuchar will team with Sen. Bernie Sanders, a fellow Democrat, to debate health care with Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy.

The GOPers are the authors of the Cassidy-Graham bill that has reignited the health care debate, with Senate leader Mitch McConnell saying a vote could be taken on it next week.

But it has prompted huge backlash among Democrats, who point out it has the potential to deny health insurance to Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, as well as including scything cuts to Medicaid funding.

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Sen. Sanders is the major Democratic proponent of a "single-payer," publicly-funded healthcare system seen in other major western nations such as Canada, the U.K. and France.

However, Klobuchar was not among the 16 Democratic senators to publicly back Sanders' single-payer bill he revealed last month, even though Minnesota's junior senator, Al Franken, did.

The debate is expected to be a fierce one considering the heavyweight names involved, with CNN anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash moderating the 90-minute live event in Washington D.C.

You can read more on what the latest health care controversy is all about here.

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