Graham: No 'need for speed' on ObamaCare repeal

Graham: No 'need for speed' on ObamaCare repeal
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Congressional Republicans should "slow down" their efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin Graham GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' Collins: Kavanaugh accuser should 'reconsider,' testify on Monday Grassley willing to send staff to California to speak with Kavanaugh accuser MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday.

"I've always been concerned that the public needs to absorb this," Graham told reporters, according to Politico. "We're not going to be judged by when we did it but how we did it."

House Republicans unveiled a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Monday, doing away with the law's Medicaid expansion, replacing the individual mandate requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance with a price increase for new insurance customers and blocking all federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood.

Graham, a frequent critic of President Trump, said GOP lawmakers should be meticulous and cautious in repealing and replacing former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMcCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination Presidential approval: It's the economy; except when it's not Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation MORE's signature healthcare law. He also scoffed at Republican leaders' goal of repealing ObamaCare by next month's Easter recess.

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"I'm not worried about the recess," Graham said, according to Politico. "I'm worried about doing it right. I've seen one process that produced ObamaCare, where you vote on it on Christmas Eve."

GOP leaders are hoping that other Republican lawmakers will vote for the measure out of sheer willingness to make good on the party's longtime promise to dismantle ObamaCare. But Graham dismissed that sentiment, saying he was willing to take his time on healthcare reform.

 "I don't feel a need for speed," he said.