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

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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns 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 CornynDemocrats give Trump trade chief high marks GOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks MORE (R-Texas), the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, said last month.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns 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 Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) is also calling for not giving up on repeal this year.