By Jonathan Easley - 09/23/13 04:19 PM EDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday said a handful of Senate Democrats would join the fight to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law because “the bill sucks” and will be an “albatross” for them in the coming election cycles.
Last week, the House passed a continuing resolution that funds the government but withholds funding for ObamaCare. The provision to defund the law will likely get stripped from the Senate version of the bill, leaving Republican leaders in the House with the decision to either fund the law, or to fund nothing and force a shutdown.
Graham said the fight over the continuing resolution wouldn’t end in a government shutdown and predicted that the two sides would come to an agreement that delays the law’s implementation or repeals some its more controversial aspects, like the medical device tax.
“I think it will take a hit, but it won’t be defunded,” he said. “I don’t think the government is going to shut down. I think there will be a deal doing something to delay the individual mandate for a year, which might be a good compromise.”
The White House has said it would not negotiate over the law.
But Graham on Monday argued that if the GOP could get a delay, that Democrats facing reelection in 2014 would be eager to join Republicans in repealing the law.
“I think over time, they’re going to start joining with the Republicans because this is such burden for them to bear politically,” he said.
Graham said the healthcare law would be the “defining issue in 2014.”