WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on reports that Congressional Republican leaders plan to abandon efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“If reports are accurate that the GOP leadership in Congress is giving up on the Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with a more efficient health care system, then we deserve to lose.
“Most Americans understand Obamacare is failing them and expect the Republican majority to do its best to replace this disaster.
“When it comes to replacing Obamacare, there is no bipartisan path forward. All Democrats reject replacement and will insist on continuing Obamacare through repairs. Virtually all Republicans believe Obamacare cannot be fixed and must be replaced. I will not engage in a process that props up Obamacare because it cannot be repaired. It must be replaced.
“To believe that we can simply repeal the individual mandate and stop there is very naïve. The block grant approach will stop our nation’s march toward a single payer health care plan run by the federal government, and replace it with a federalist approach that will allow states to design innovative health care delivery systems.
“I am not deterred by these reports. On the contrary, I am more determined than ever to move forward with this block grant proposal and deliver health care that works for the American people."