Politics & Government

Is Lindsey Graham working on his own health care bill?


Can Lindsey Graham save the U.S. Senate’s GOP health-care debate – by unveiling his own bill?

As talks among Republican senators seem to bog down, South Carolina’s senior senator is reported to be working on his own version of a health-care bill. Graham’s plan, which could include input from Democratic senators, could be unveiled this week, according to a report in Politico.

“I'm working with some senators to come up with a new approach to deal with how to replace Obamacare,” Graham told reporters Tuesday. “I think it will be fundamentally different. I think it will potentially attract some Democrats.”

Graham said he could unveil his bill within “24 to 48 hours.” It potentially could compete with a revised health bill meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” being drawn up by the Senate Republican leadership.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, told The Hill he briefly discussed working on a new bill with Graham.

“He said he wants it to be bipartisan and I said, ‘Hey if you want to repair things or fix things, count me in. I'd like to sit and talk to you’,” Manchin said.

What features Graham’s bill might include — and how it could win votes from Democrats who have been hostile to GOP efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature initiative, the Seneca Republican didn’t say.