Graham calls for bipartisan ObamaCare replacement

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBiden to host Afghan president at White House on Friday Portman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Sunday shows - Voting rights, infrastructure in the spotlight MORE (R-S.C.) called Tuesday for a bipartisan effort to replace ObamaCare.

"We're stuck as a party," Graham said during an interview on CNN.

"What I'd like to see is a bipartisan solution to replace ObamaCare, not just a Republican solution."

Graham's remarks come as the GOP's second attempt to replace ObamaCare with their bill, the Affordable Health Care Act, struggles to win Republican support.

As a more centrist Republican, Graham said he's "willing to have federal government involvement in pre-existing conditions."

"Those people who can't find insurance in the private sector can't be just thrown over," he said.


Republican leadership in the House on Tuesday indicated it does not yet have the votes to pass its ObamaCare replacement bill.

Leaders gave no timeline for a vote on the bill, despite hopes the vote could be done this week.

Lawmakers leaving the GOP conference meeting said they were told leadership is "close" to the 216 votes needed for a majority, but many representatives still have concerns about how the bill would impact people with pre-existing conditions.

The revised bill would allow states to waive ObamaCare protections preventing people from being charged more based on their health, which could lead to exorbitant premiums that put coverage out of reach.

There are currently 22 Republicans opposed to the bill, according to The Hill's Whip List, meaning that the GOP leadership can't afford to lose any more lawmakers and still pass the bill, presuming that all Democrats in the House oppose it.