Graham pushes back on working with Democrats on health care reform

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday pushed back on the possibility of working with Democrats on heath care reform, saying ObamaCare is a placeholder for "BernieCare" for Democrats. 

“I’ve come to conclude that ObamaCare is a placeholder for BernieCare in the Democratic world," Graham said on ABC's "This Week," adding that there is no bipartisan process at this point for moving forward on health care reform. 

Graham's comments come as he and Senate Republican leadership scramble to get GOP votes for the GOP's latest repeal and replace legislation, the Graham-Cassidy bill which Graham co-sponsored with Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions MORE (R-La.).

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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era Earth Day founder's daughter: Most Republican leaders believe in climate change in private Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing MORE (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he would be voting against the legislation, saying he wanted to opt for a bipartisan solution that follows the "regular process" of hearings and committee discussion.

McCain's announcement is a near-fatal blow to the legislation, which now needs every other Republican vote in the conference to pass. Graham said he respects McCain's decision but "I just disagree with him here."

But Graham said Republicans are "moving forward."

“I think we’re going to get the votes next week," he said.

Graham looked to appeal to other Republicans on Sunday, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying MORE (R-Maine), who has suggested she is leaning toward voting no on Graham-Cassidy, and with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.), who has said he will not vote for the bill, calling it "ObamaCare lite."

"Susan Collins is a great senator; they [Maine] get a 42 percent increase. The governor of Arizona has come out for this bill. Rand Paul objects to the taxes, but when you look at the bill, Rand, we save a lot of money over time for Medicaid, we put a cap on ObamaCare growth, we make it more sustainable, more affordable, more flexible. So I think Senator Paul associated health plan married up with our bill changes health care," he said. 

"So yes, we're moving forward and we'll see what happens next week. I'm very excited about it, we've finally found an alternative to ObamaCare," Graham said.