Lindsey Graham: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Supports Obamacare Block Grant Repeal

Matt Bevin responds to a question during the League of Women Voters debate, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Richmond, Ky. (
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) revealed on Fox News on Thursday that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin supports his new legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare through block grants.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News, “Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, came out for the block grant approach. Matt Bevin is a great conservative; he’s figured out that if I take the money that would have been spent on Obamacare and you give it me in Kentucky with flexibility I can get better outcomes for the citizens of Kentucky, rather than some bureaucrat in Washington.”

The new Obamacare repeal bill led by Sens. Graham, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Dean Heller (R-NV), will repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandate and deliver health care to the states so that Republican states can design more conservative and affordable health care systems.

President Donald Trump applauded Sens. Graham and Cassidy’s efforts to revive Obamacare repeal; the president hopes that this legislation will serve as the vehicle to finally rescind the Affordable Care Act.

Gov. Bevin represents one of the 14 governors that support the new block grant repeal legislation, otherwise known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ). Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin endorsed the repeal bill in exclusive statements to Breitbart News. Gov. Walker, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), said that the bill is “a winner all the way around.”

Sen. Rand Paul expressed skepticism towards the bill, however, Graham contends that his home-state governor can deliver better health care to Kentuckians with Graham-Cassidy compared to the status quo under Obamacare.

Graham rebutted, “So here’s what I say to Sen. Paul. You should trust Matt Bevin to deliver health care, state run health care vs. with Washington run healthcare. I trust Matt Bevin.”

The South Carolina senator called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to make time for a vote on this legislation. Graham charged, “Mitch McConnell, I know you’re for this. Mitch, you need to place sometime on the floor soon to have a debate worthy of a great party and a great country.”

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