Columbia, S.C. — Three years after Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Affordable Care Act repeal bill “Graham-Cassidy” was deemed too unpopular for a vote, South Carolina’s senior senator is continuing to push the legislation.
When asked Friday about his replacement plan if the Supreme Court repeals the Affordable Care Act, Graham answered, “It’s Graham-Cassidy.”
“Sen. Graham is often too afraid to mention Graham-Cassidy, but he let the truth slip out at Friday’s forum: He is still working to advance this extreme legislation,” spokesperson Guy King said. “Even during a pandemic that has spelled chaos throughout South Carolina, Lindsey is continuing to push his proposal that would pull healthcare away from 21 million people and allow insurers to once again charge higher premiums for the over 900,000 South Carolinians living with pre-existing conditions. There’s a reason this bill failed in 2017, and Jaime will continue to remind voters of the healthcare stakes in this election.”
Following a string of failures in late 2017 to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Sens. Graham and Bill Cassidy introduced Graham-Cassidy, a desperate, last-minute repeal attempt that would pull healthcare away from 21 million Americans and allow insurance companies to make coverage unaffordable for patients with pre-existing conditions. Just 24 percent of Americans approved of this legislation to overhaul the American healthcare system.