Graham Proposes Obamacare Replacement

Friday, July 14th, 2017

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today brought forward a new approach to health care reform that would redirect much of the current federal funding for Obamacare health insurance – an estimated $110 billion in 2016 – and future funding directly to the states to use for health care spending.

Graham has worked with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), a medical doctor, on the latest proposal.

“Obamacare is going to collapse,” said Graham. “Instead of having a one-size-fits-all solution from Washington, we should return dollars back to the states to address each individual state’s health care needs. Just like no two patients are the same, no two states’ health care needs are the same. A solution that works in California may not work in Virginia.

“A state like Vermont has expressed interest in a state-government run and financed single-payer system like they have in Canada,” said Graham. “If they want to again continue down that path, they would be free to do so under this proposal. South Carolina, on the other hand, would likely go in a different direction and use the federal funding to make private health care more affordable and available.

“Either way, the state would have a pot of money from the federal government to get the best health care outcomes for their residents.

“These funds are already being spent on Obamacare but instead of having Washington decide, we’ll empower each individual state to choose the path that works best for them,” continued Graham. “It’s time we empower those closest to people to work toward better health care that fits the needs of their citizens.”