Graham betting Obama fails on healthcare effort

President Obama will fail in his effort to convince Americans of the need for healthcare reform, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asserted Monday.

Graham is wagering Obama will fall short in his bid for healthcare reform this year because it runs contrary to traditionally American values.

"Basically I think he'll fail, because he's trying to convince America to be something other than America," Graham said during an interview of Fox News Radio this morning. "I don't think he's going to be successful, because Americans really do not feel comfortable turning over healthcare to the government."

Lawmakers have been debating healthcare legislation intently in recent weeks, and are likely to focus even more on reform proposals as a self-imposed deadline to pass preliminary legislation before the August recess nears.

Graham saw that effort failing, as he alleged Democratic leaders struggle to get their own caucus in order.

"The untold story here is how many Democrats are defecting on climate change, on spending, budgets, how many Democrats are upset about the way they're going on healthcare," he said. "They're trying to beat their own people into submission; they've given up on bipartisanship."

"The one thing they never counted on was an effective Republican response, and the American people being concerned about where they want to take the country," Graham added.