Graham hits McConnell over 'expectations' of ObamaCare repeal

Graham hits McConnell over 'expectations' of ObamaCare repeal
© Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDurbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Health Care: House passes 20-week abortion ban | GOP gives ground over ObamaCare fix | Price exit sets off speculation over replacement MORE (R-S.C.) blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform 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.