Graham: 'ObamaCare was designed to collapse'

Graham: 'ObamaCare was designed to collapse'
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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 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.”

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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 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.) 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.