Graham hits McConnell over 'expectations' of ObamaCare repeal

Graham hits McConnell over 'expectations' of ObamaCare repeal
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump stuns the world at Putin summit Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Ryan: 'The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally' MORE (R-S.C.) blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Feehery: The long game MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday for saying President Trump had "excessive expectations" on repealing ObamaCare.

"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 overnight," Graham told Fox News's Brian Kilmeade on "The Brian Kilmeade Show" Wednesday. 

"We have been working on repealing ObamaCare all year. The idea put forward didn't pass. It was, in many ways, an ill-conceived idea," he continued. 

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Senate Republicans' ObamaCare repeal-and-replace effort failed last month, with all 48 Democrats and 3 Republicans voting against a repeal bill.

McConnell said at the time that it was "time to move on" from healthcare.

On Monday McConnell expressed frustration with what he called Trump’s “excessive expectations” of the legislative process when it came to repealing ObamaCare.

Graham hit McConnell over the comment, saying he is not going to move on and will instead work on an alternative healthcare legislation with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would convert money currently being spent on providing ObamaCare into a block grant to states. 

States would then have the authority to decide how they would spend the funds. 

"There is no way to sugar coat this. The republican party promised for eight years to repeal and replace ObamaCare. We failed, and if we give up shame on us," Graham said.

The president also lashed out at McConnell on Twitter Wednesday.