Graham working on own healthcare plan

Graham working on own healthcare plan
© Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP governors move to cut unemployment benefits as debate rages over effects Trump critics push new direction for GOP Graham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' MORE (R-S.C.) is working on his own healthcare plan, his office confirmed Tuesday. 

Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Graham, said the plan would take the form of an amendment to the current GOP repeal and replace bill. He did not say whether it would essentially be a substitute for the current bill, which does not appear to have the support to pass the Senate.

Bishop said Graham hopes the plan could attract Democratic support.


Details of the proposal are not immediately clear.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinJill Biden, Jennifer Garner go mask-free on vaccine-promoting West Virginia trip Manchin on infrastructure: 'We're gonna find a bipartisan pathway forward' Senate panel advances Biden's deputy Interior pick MORE (D-W.Va.), a centrist, said he had briefly spoken to Graham.

“I met Lindsey right here this morning. ... we talked briefly,” Manchin said. “He said he wants it to be bipartisan and I said, 'hey if you want to repair things or fix things count me in. I'd like to sit and talk to you.' ”

Manchin said he did not know details of the proposal.

The move from Graham comes as Republicans are struggling to find the votes for a GOP-only bill. 

GOP leaders have talked about holding a vote as soon as next week and are expected to discuss possible revisions at a meeting of their conference on Tuesday.