Graham: 'ObamaCare was designed to collapse'

Graham: 'ObamaCare was designed to collapse'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) said Friday that he thinks ObamaCare was set up to fail so that the government would take over and establish a single-player system.

Graham spoke on the Mike Gallagher radio show Friday, where he expanded on the healthcare reforms he and GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.) introduced Thursday and shared his thoughts on the current healthcare system.

“ObamaCare was designed to collapse,” he said. “It was designed to make sure that employers would drop coverage because it's too expensive, that exchanges would fail and the government would come in and take over and you'd have single payer healthcare.”

Graham said he believes that Democratic senators could get behind his plan because it leaves healthcare choices to individual states.

Graham said he supports the revisions of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE’s (R-Ky.) healthcare bill, but that his own could increase its support if it was added as an amendment.

“I’m going to trust them to deliver. The government closest to the people is usually the best government,” he said. “Healthcare closest to the patient is probably the best healthcare.”

Senate Republicans are struggling to get enough votes on their healthcare bill for it to pass, with every Democrat likely voting no on the legislation as it currently stands and centrist Republicans pushing back on the Medicaid cuts that the bill includes. 

Graham suggested getting more governors on board for the GOP healthcare bill to help garner support.