Graham reaffirms friendship with McCain despite opposition to ObamaCare repeal

Graham reaffirms friendship with McCain despite opposition to ObamaCare repeal
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Graham: Flynn should lose security clearance Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department MORE (R-S.C.) reaffirmed his friendship with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Rand Paul’s Russia visit displays advancement of peace through diplomacy MORE (R-Ariz.) Friday after McCain announced his opposition to the ObamaCare repeal bill co-sponsored by Graham.

“My friendship with John McCain is not based on how he votes but respect for how he’s lived his life and the person he is," Graham said in a statement. "I respectfully disagree with his position not to proceed forward on Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson."

McCain announced Friday that he would vote against the latest GOP proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

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McCain also voted against the last Republican effort to repeal and replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe US must not turn its back on refugees Gorka calls Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants ‘fake news’  The queen, Aretha Franklin, is dead MORE's signature health-care bill. Both times, McCain has been a key vote in the Republican effort to pass legislation.

Graham said his bill, which he is co-sponsoring with GOP Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyEnergy Department clears ‘small-scale’ natural gas exports for fast approval GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave MORE (La.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonRand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders Hillicon Valley: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sits down with The Hill | Drama over naming DHS cyber office | Fallout over revoking Brennan's security clearance | Google workers protest censored search engine for China Name change eludes DHS cyber wing, spurring frustration MORE (Wis.) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThe farm bill gives Congress a chance to act on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape Battle of the billionaires drives Nevada contest MORE (Nev.), is Republicans’ “best chance to repeal and replace ObamaCare” and accused ObamaCare of “collapsing in Arizona, South Carolina and across the nation — driving up premiums and reducing choices.”

“I feel an obligation to fix this disaster and intend to push forward for state-centric health care vs. Washington-knows-best health care,” Graham said.

“Taking money/power out of Washington & returning it to states to administer [health care] is the best way to replace a collapsing Obamacare system,” he continued. “I’m excited about solutions we have found in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson.  We press on.”

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," McCain said in a statement on Friday.

McCain’s opposition leaves Republicans with no room for error as they try to gather the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill. Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHillicon Valley: Trump escalates feud with intel critics | Tesla shares fall after troubling Musk interview | House panel considers subpoena for Twitter's Jack Dorsey | Why Turkish citizens are breaking their iPhones Overnight Defense: Trump cancels military parade, blames DC for cost | DC mayor hits back | Pentagon warns China 'likely' training for strikes against US | Turkey refuses to release US pastor On Russia we need diplomacy, not just sanctions MORE (R-Ky.) has already announced his opposition to the bill, and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsWhite House weighs clawing back State, foreign aid funding The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) Overnight Defense: Pompeo creates 'action group' for Iran policy | Trump escalates intel feud | Report pegs military parade cost at M MORE (R-Maine) said Friday she is “leaning against” the bill.