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Lindsey Graham: ‘Let Obamacare Collapse’

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Jack Crowe Political Reporter
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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina thinks America should just let Obamacare fail, and he told reporters as much Monday evening on the Hill.

“I don’t think we can put it together among ourselves. I’ve always believed let Obamacare collapse … that has always been my preferred route,” he told reporters.

Graham has been vocal in his support for the Trump administration’s efforts to halt the payment of Obamacare cost sharing subsidies, which would likely cause the Obamacare collapse he wants.

The Trump administration recently requested the court delay its ruling for 90 days in House v. Price, a lawsuit first brought against the Obama administration by House Republicans who alleged the cost sharing subsidies are unconstitutional. The request for delay has been criticized for increasing uncertainty in state insurance markets as providers are unsure if they will continue receiving federal subsidies in 2018.

If the Trump administration is successful in stopping the payment of cost sharing subsidies, insurance providers would be forced to choose between rapidly exiting Obamacare exchanges and increasing premiums by roughly 20 percent, according to the Washington Examiner.

Graham said he had not spoken to any of his colleagues who began the drafting process over the recent recess, but added that he thought most of the disagreements were over Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to low-income people.

Graham joined Republican Senators Richard Burr, Ron Johnson and Jeff Flake in predicting the Senate will be unable to repeal and replace Obamacare this year. (RELATED: GOP Senator Says Obamacare Repeal Is Nowhere Close To Happening)

Graham’s pessimistic contradicts statements made by Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn. Cornyn told the Hill a repeal would pass by July at the latest.

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