Graham: GOP 'should be politically horsewhipped' if we give up on healthcare

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Graham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip MORE (R-S.C.) on Monday said the GOP “should be politically horsewhipped” if the party does not take another stab at passing healthcare legislation.

“I am like 1,000 percent with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE on this,” Graham told Fox News. “We should be politically horsewhipped if we don’t try again.” 

Graham has been pushing an amendment he authored with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) that would direct much of the federal funding for ObamaCare into block grants for states.

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“The government closest to the people is the best government,” Graham said. “The healthcare closest to the people is the best healthcare.”

“It will make healthcare more accessible to you. If you don’t like what’s going on, you complain to your governor or your statehouse guy rather than a bureaucrat in Washington,” he added.

“I’m so excited about this. Mr. President, don’t let us quit. Make us keep trying. I think we can pass this bill.”

Graham’s comments come after the GOP failed to pass what became known as a “skinny repeal” of ObamaCare last week after three Republican senators joined all Democrats and Independents in voting against the legislation.