Although he’s not the most powerful Republican member of Congress, South Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham does possess a lot of clout. (Graham ran for President in 2016, but his campaign never got off the ground.)
Graham has commented morbidly of the ongoing GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare in the past, telling reporters that House Republicans weren’t taking their time with the bill as they should.
Graham has now, however, posted a statement on Twitter that reminds us that he’s not exactly opposed to getting rid of Obamacare. This reminder is awful because the Senate is now the last line of defense against the repeal of Obamacare, a repeal that, if it became law, would incinerate the healthcare of tens of millions of Americans.
So, sure, Graham gave some pompous criticism of the House Republican efforts to repeal the ACA — but that doesn’t mean that he still doesn’t want it repealed, and the same goes for the rest of the Republicans in the Senate who have spoken similarly to Graham.
Read Graham’s statement for yourself below. It’s bad; be warned.
‘I look forward to carefully reviewing the House-passed legislation to repeal and replace
#Obamacare… Today’s House vote – where every Democrat voted in opposition – shows Democrats in Congress are committed to protecting Obamacare. Democrats in Congress refuse to face up to the fact that Obamacare is on the verge of collapse. Until Dems in Congress accept this reality I believe they will refuse to work with Pres. Trump & Republicans on health care reform… The collapse and replace of Obamacare may prove to be the most effective path forward.’
Just because Graham spoke down on the just passed House healthcare bill, that doesn’t mean he’s on our side.
Graham serves on the Senate Judiciary, Appropriations, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.