Graham: 'ObamaCare was designed to collapse'

Graham: 'ObamaCare was designed to collapse'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill Trump wrestles with handling American enemy combatants Flake: Trump's call for DOJ to probe Democrats 'not normal' 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 McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law 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.