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Text of the health care reconciliation bill is available here.

Graham Speaks with Liberian President about Combating Spread of Ebola

"I support the deployment of United States forces, as well as funding, to try and contain this serious health care problem facing the African continent and the world at large."

09/17/2014 5:50:00 PM

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after speaking with the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about combating the spread of Ebola. Graham is the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Graham to Obama -- ObamaCare is Unworkable and Harmful to the Economy

"This law is unworkable and harmful to the economy and to American families and your actions to delay the employer mandate are an acknowledgement of this fact."

07/10/2013 5:34:00 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today signed a letter to President Obama urging him to permanently delay the implementation of ObamaCare for all Americans.  


My Amendment Prohibits Funding for Obamacare

by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

06/15/2012 10:37:00 AM

I continued my efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, yesterday in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  I offered an amendment that prohibited the IRS from using funds to implement the individual mandate, a key provision in Obamacare.  It was defeated by a vote of 14 to 16.


Obamacare is a financial disaster for our nation.  It raises costs, lowers the quality of care, and will result in health care rationing.  Whether it’s an outright repeal, a state-based ‘opt-out’, delaying implementation of its major provisions, or this amendment to prohibit funding, I will continue to use every tool in the toolbox to repeal and replace Obamacare.


The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare later this month.

Graham Sponsors Medicare Reform Plan

03/15/2012 3:45:00 PM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today signed on as a cosponsor of the Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act (CHCSA).  The legislation would enroll all seniors into the same health care plan as Members of Congress and federal employees, the Federal Employee Health Benefit program. (FEHB) http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/ 


“Our goal is to save Medicare from bankruptcy and ensure seniors have affordable, high-quality health care — a crisis President Obama has only made worse during his time in office,” said Graham.  “Allowing seniors access to the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) program, which Members of Congress and federal employees use, will give them more choices and lower their out-of-pocket costs.  It’s also good for the taxpayers because it will save the federal government $1 trillion over the next decade and reduce the unfunded liability of Medicare by $16 trillion.”


The legislation was introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Graham joined Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) in unveiling the legislation at a Capitol Hill press conference today.


The Medicare reform legislation builds upon a Social Security reform bill (S. 804), The Social Security Solvency and Sustainability Act, introduced last year by Graham, Paul and Lee.


Graham noted that in 2010, federal employees could choose from among the 250 plans participating in FEHB, including 20 nationwide plans. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) enforces reasonable minimum standards for plans, ensures the health plans are fiscally sound, and enforces rules for consumer protection.


Under FEHB, there are no price controls, standardized benefits, or detailed guidelines for doctors or hospitals. All individuals within a plan pay the same premium regardless of their health status or pre-existing conditions.


“To get our nation’s fiscal house in order we must address future entitlement spending,” said Graham.  “Our bill gets a handle on Medicare costs, which continue to escalate, and ensures the program is sustainable for future generations.”




Click here for Sen. Rand Paul's Background Briefing Materials on the Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act.


I Oppose Obamacare Mandates Which Violate Religious Freedom

By Senator Lindsey Graham

02/09/2012 11:28:00 AM

The Obama Administration’s insistence that religious organizations violate their beliefs will be rejected by the American people.  Religious organizations should not be required to provide health care services that violate the pillars of their faith.  When it comes to Obamacare, this type of overreach continues to leave a bad taste in the mouths of the American people.


The Supreme Court recently held 9-0 that religious organizations can adopt hiring practices consistent with their religious tenets.  I’m confident that Congress will ultimately overrule Secretary Sebelius’s decision.

Why I Oppose the Nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick

by Senator Lindsey Graham

03/04/2011 1:59:00 PM

In a letter released yesterday, I joined with 41 of my Republican colleagues asking the president to withdraw the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick as Medicare administrator.  Dr. Berwick's past record of controversial statements and general lack of experience managing an organization as large and complex as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should disqualify him from being confirmed as CMS Administrator.

To read the letter we sent to the President, click here.

Reforming Social Security

Posted by Kevin, Communications Director

01/21/2011 2:53:00 PM

This weekend the Progressive Change Campaign Committee will begin airing ads in South Carolina and Washington criticizing Senator Graham for his willingness to discuss future adjustments to the Social Security retirement age, an idea recently endorsed by the bipartisan Debt Commission. 

Senator Graham has compiled a long record in support of reforming Social Security to put the program on solid financial footing. 

  • His 2002 Senate election against Democrat Alex Sanders featured a heavy focus on how Social Security faces severe funding problems in the years ahead.  Sanders ran numerous television and radio advertisements attacking Graham for his willingness to propose solutions to the problem. 
  • In 2005, Senator Graham worked with President George W. Bush and others, encouraging the Congress to get to work in addressing the financing problems facing Social Security.  

Senator Graham is 100 percent committed to modernizing entitlement programs, including Social Security, to put both our short and long-term fiscal house in order.   

Washington liberal groups like this will never like it, because a challenge to the status quo threatens their self interest. 

These groups need to get their heads out of the sand and take a dose of reality. Senator Graham believes our country faces future financial ruin if we are not willing to make the tough decisions to ensure our nation lives within its means.

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