Graham: 'I will not give up' on ObamaCare repeal

Graham: 'I will not give up' on ObamaCare repeal

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday vowed to keep pushing for the repeal of ObamaCare, despite the effort appearing essentially dead for this year.

“If reports are accurate that the GOP leadership in Congress is giving up on the Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with a more efficient health care system, then we deserve to lose,” Graham said in a statement.

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Graham was a main sponsor of a proposal last year to replace ObamaCare with a system of block grants to states.

“I am more determined than ever to move forward with this block grant proposal and deliver health care that works for the American people,” Graham said.

Republican leaders, though, have signaled that they are not interested in diving back into the contentious ObamaCare repeal fight this year. The Senate last year failed to pass a repeal bill, and there is no indication that the votes have shifted since then.

“There’s some work we need to do on the health-care front, but I would hope we’re in a position to do things on a bipartisan basis,” Sen. John CornynJohn CornynBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE (R-Texas), the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said last month.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (R-Ky.) has also stressed bipartisanship as being a theme for this year.

It is in doubt whether Republicans will be able to adopt a budget this year, which is the necessary first step to unlocking the fast-track process needed to pass ObamaCare repeal without Democratic votes.

Many Republicans are even discussing taking bipartisan actions to stabilize ObamaCare markets and try to bring down premiums, for example by providing funding known as reinsurance.

Graham is not all alone, however. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE (R-Texas) is also calling for not giving up on repeal this year.