A GOP senator is pushing to eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate and repeal the law’s subsidies for private insurance.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday he wants to “repeal Obamacare and replace it with a better system.”
Graham said he believes the law needs to be repealed.
He said he is not going to vote to repeal it unless the law is repealed.
“I think it’s time to take a look at the way that we get our healthcare,” Graham said on MSNBC.
“The way we got it is a mess.
The way we’re going to get it done is a different way.”
Graham, who chairs the Senate Health Committee, said the Affordable Care Act is “a total disaster.”
“If I can do anything to fix it, I will,” Graham added.
Graham said that he wants the Senate to consider repealing the individual mandate, which is required by the law to buy health insurance.
“The way to fix this mess is to repeal the individual and create a health insurance market that is fair, that’s universal, and that provides everybody with affordable healthcare,” he said.
“So let’s not have a problem with the individual because it’s the law, but let’s repeal it because it is not working.”
Graham added that he doesn’t want to repeal “every last dime” of Obamacare, which would cost millions of Americans their coverage.
“What we’re talking about is a huge chunk of it, but I don’t want the whole bill to be paid for with that,” he told MSNBC.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will consider Graham’s request for a vote Thursday morning.
If he wins approval, it would take the chamber one more week to take up the legislation.
Graham has been leading a bipartisan effort to repeal parts of the law in order to cut costs.
The GOP-controlled House has already passed a bill to repeal part of Obamacare and it is expected to be signed into law in the coming weeks.