This morning I awoke to the news that Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar are going to debate Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy about healthcare on CNN this Monday evening.
My first reaction was along the lines of Sheri’s:
— Sheri ◀#RESIST▶ (@Sher_Bear64) September 22, 2017
Yay, I thought to myself. Let’s get it all in the open. Fight it out for all to see.
Well, it would seem that wasn’t everyone’s reaction:
Former President Obama’s National Security Council spokesman said Thursday a proposed health care debate between Republican and Democratic senators is not “the debate we want right now.”
“I’m not sure single payer vs Graham-Cassidy is the debate we want right now,” Tommy Vietor, a co-host of the “Pod Save America” podcast, tweeted.
Wait, is Sanders planning on using the event to push for Medicare For All?
A Democrat weighs in: "The only way Graham and Cassidy can pass their bill is a distraction. Bernie is serving one up on a silver platter." https://t.co/uYsAzyY1Y1
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 21, 2017
Why are some assuming that Bernie will only provide Republicans “a distraction”?
Bernie Sanders is a pretty savvy politician. I find it hard to believe that he will do anything to give Democrats a reason to blame the fall of ACA on him.
The debate is scheduled to take place days before Republicans hope to put the bill, which would dismantle much of ObamaCare and convert its funding to block grants, to a vote on the Senate floor. It also follows Sanders’s introduction of his “Medicare for all” bill last week.
Graham/Cassidy vs. single payer is the *exact* framework Graham has been trying to place on O-care repeal. He's probably doing cartwheels
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) September 21, 2017
My head is spinning. How could an important debate over healthcare have become some kind of bash-Bernie fest?
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 21, 2017
What? Is this anonymous source using the CNN debate to cast shade at Bernie (always a good thing to do if you’re part of the Democratic establishment) and, at the same time, attack Bernie’s MFA? A ‘win-win’ for neoliberal Democrats? Will Bernie (and Amy) fall into a trap set by both Republicans and (at least some) Democrats to the detriment of the much needed MFA??
Laughing Lefty @laughingliberal 12h
12 hours ago
I think Ted Cruz tried that when he debated Bernie on health care b4 one of the other repeal efforts. Didn’t work