Lindsey Graham on Affordable Care Act

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Last quote by Lindsey Graham on Affordable Care Act

Our problem is that we promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we failed. We promised to cut taxes and we have yet to do it. If we're successful, Mitch McConnell's fine. If we're not, we're all in trouble. We lose our majority […].feedback
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Oct 23 2017
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All quotes by Lindsey Graham on Affordable Care Act

Instead of a Washington-knows-best approach like Obamacare, our legislation empowers those closest to the health care needs of their communities to provide solutions. Our bill takes money and power out of Washington and gives it back to patients and states.feedback

Let's get back to the basics of being conservative. We take the money that we would spend on Obamacare in Washington, and we block grant it to the states. No longer will four blue states get 40 percent of the money. A state like Mississippi, they get a 900 percent increase. South Carolina gets 300 percent.feedback

It was a gift from the political gods. Bernie made this issue easy.feedback

I'm trying to take the money and power in Washington and send it back closer to the patient. State control of health care will work, because the people in charge will be accountable to you.feedback

This is Bernie Sanders' worst nightmare. Number 45, Donald Trump, is on the phone. He's the Mariano Rivera of presidents. He's going to come in and close the deal with some of these governors who are showing reluctance. We got 15 days left to do this. We are two votes short.feedback

I think Mitch would vote for it but he said, Go get 50 votes. Here's my challenge to the Republican leadership: Act like this matters, because it does. The idea that the Republican Party has done its best to repeal and replace ObamaCare is a joke.feedback

We need people onboard now to stop what I believe is inevitable if we fail. The only thing stopping us from having this debated on the floor of the United States Senate is lack of leadership. I think Mitch would vote for it, but he said, Go get 50 votes. Mr. President, help us. Because we're trying to help you.feedback

This is the only thing standing between you and single-payer health care.feedback

It should have been our first bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it is now our last. To those in the Republican Party who feel like we have not fought as hard as we could, you're right. The president said, if you get 20 governors on board, he'll stand with them. Make some calls; help us get to 20.feedback

I think we're going to pull a rabbit out of a hat on health care reform.feedback

I like Mitch, but for eight years we've been saying we're going to repeal and replace ObamaCare; it's not like we made this up over night.feedback

The skinny bill as policy is a disaster. The skinny bill as a replacement for Obamacare is a fraud. I need assurances from the speaker of the House, and his team, that if I vote for the skinny bill, it will not become the final product. If I don't get those assurances, I am a no, because I am not going to vote for a pig and a poke, and I'm not going to tell people back in South Carolina that this product actually replaces Obamacare, because it does not. It is a fraud.feedback

I cannot tolerate our skinny bill being the final answer on health care. No way. If you passed it as a standalone proposition it would destroy the insurance markets and we would own the failure of Obamacare. I'm a 'no' if it's not allowed in conference.feedback

The skinny plan is not a replacement of Obamacare. Would it be better than Obamacare? Yeah. But that's not the goal. The goal is to replace Obamacare. The skinny plan is not a replacement.feedback

The gap has been closed in terms of member objections but we aren't there yet. The current McConnell bill is much better than Obamacare.feedback

If you like Obamacare and you want to repair it, you can. If you want to replace it, you can.feedback

I think this bill is better than Obamacare. Whether or not we can come together I don't know. Mitch is trying. I would support the proposal before us, but you've got different camps in the Republican Party.feedback

The more you do this, the more it's like Obamacare, so eventually you're going to cross a line where saying you repeal and replace Obamacare, it'll be hard to say with a straight face if you keep doing this stuff.feedback

The best way to lose me on this bill is to start buying people off. So that's what I'm really suspicious of as we get closer to Monday are they going to do special deals for Senators in particular states to get their vote. We've seen that movie before with Obamacare and in many ways this is very similar to the process we used on Obamacare, I don't particularly like it that much.feedback

I look forward to carefully reviewing the House-passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.feedback

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