Graham pushes back on working with Democrats on health care reform

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico GOP looks for Plan B after failure of immigration measures MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday pushed back on the possibility of working with Democrats on heath care reform, saying ObamaCare is a placeholder for "BernieCare" for Democrats. 

“I’ve come to conclude that ObamaCare is a placeholder for BernieCare in the Democratic world," Graham said on ABC's "This Week," adding that there is no bipartisan process at this point for moving forward on health care reform. 

Graham's comments come as he and Senate Republican leadership scramble to get GOP votes for the GOP's latest repeal and replace legislation, the Graham-Cassidy bill which Graham co-sponsored with Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTo lower prescription drug prices, fix existing drug discount programs Kimmel writer tweets amount NRA has given lawmakers in response to shooting prayers Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule MORE (R-La.).

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he would be voting against the legislation, saying he wanted to opt for a bipartisan solution that follows the "regular process" of hearings and committee discussion.

McCain's announcement is a near-fatal blow to the legislation, which now needs every other Republican vote in the conference to pass. Graham said he respects McCain's decision but "I just disagree with him here."

But Graham said Republicans are "moving forward."

“I think we’re going to get the votes next week," he said.

Graham looked to appeal to other Republicans on Sunday, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (R-Maine), who has suggested she is leaning toward voting no on Graham-Cassidy, and with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R-Ky.), who has said he will not vote for the bill, calling it "ObamaCare lite."

"Susan Collins is a great senator; they [Maine] get a 42 percent increase. The governor of Arizona has come out for this bill. Rand Paul objects to the taxes, but when you look at the bill, Rand, we save a lot of money over time for Medicaid, we put a cap on ObamaCare growth, we make it more sustainable, more affordable, more flexible. So I think Senator Paul associated health plan married up with our bill changes health care," he said. 

"So yes, we're moving forward and we'll see what happens next week. I'm very excited about it, we've finally found an alternative to ObamaCare," Graham said.