Sen. Lindsey Graham on John McCain’s Opposition to Graham-Cassidy: ‘We Press On’

Lindsey Graham
The Associated Press

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in a statement on Friday that he will continue to push for Obamacare repeal despite Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) opposition to Graham-Cassidy. Graham said, “We press on.”

McCain revealed on Friday that he will oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal, effectively tanking Obamacare repeal in the Senate. McCain said, “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal.”

Graham responded in a statement, “I respectfully disagree with his position not to proceed forward on Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson. I know Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson is the best chance to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

“Obamacare is collapsing in Arizona, South Carolina, and across the nation – driving up premiums and reducing choices. I feel an obligation to fix this disaster and intend to push forward for state-centric health care versus Washington-knows-best health care,” the South Carolina senator added.

Sen. Graham argued that his Republican coalition’s proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare through block grants remains the best option to rescind the Affordable Care Act. Graham concluded, “I’m completely convinced taking money and power out of Washington and returning it to states to administer health care is the best way to replace a collapsing Obamacare system. I’m excited about solutions we have found in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson. We press on.”