Graham: GOP leaders 'mistaken' to think there won't be ObamaCare repeal in 2018

Graham: GOP leaders 'mistaken' to think there won't be ObamaCare repeal in 2018
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Overnight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House MORE (R-S.C.) said Thursday that Senate GOP leaders are "sadly mistaken" if they believe that the party will not try to revive its efforts to repeal ObamaCare in 2018.

"To those who believe — including Senate Republican leadership — that in 2018 there will not be another effort to Repeal and Replace Obamacare — well you are sadly mistaken," Graham wrote on Twitter. 

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Graham said in a series of tweets that he remained committed to repealing former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman MORE's signature health-care law, and called on Republican leadership in the House and Senate to take on the efforts as enthusiastically as Democrats did when they passed the law in 2010.

“It will be a difficult task but failure is not an option,” he wrote.

Graham's comments came in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE's (R-Ky.) suggestion on Thursday that the Senate would likely seek to move past its efforts to repeal ObamaCare in 2018, telling NPR that the caucus would focus on other issues instead.

McConnell said that by including a repeal of ObamaCare's mandate that most individuals have health insurance in Republicans' sweeping rewrite of the tax code, which passed both chambers this week, the GOP had already taken the "heart" out of the health-care law.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE also said this week that repealing the individual mandate meant that Republicans had "essentially repealed ObamaCare."

But Graham said Thursday that, while the individual mandate repeal may have been a win for the GOP, it did not amount to a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 

“By eliminating the individual mandate in the tax bill we have pulled one of the pillars of Obamacare out. But by no means has Obamacare been repealed or replaced," he tweeted.