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article imageSenator Graham on the Affordable Care Act: 'This bill sucks'

By Michael Krebs     Sep 23, 2013 in Politics
With the federal budget debate heating up among congressional legislators, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Fox News to defend the GOP effort to defund Obamacare and said the bill "sucks."
In the rancor and drama that has come to define American politics for some time now, few topics drive as much division among Republicans and Democrats as the Affordable Care Act.
Late last week, House Republicans floated a bill on the upcoming federal budget and included measures in the language of the bill that would have very effectively defunded many key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
On Monday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke on Fox News in support of the House bill with the defunding verbiage in place. There will be a vote in the Senate to remove the defunding components of the bill, and Graham expressed his hope that Democratic senators will join his Republican colleagues in moving forward with the House bill as is.
"Here's the good news,"Graham said. "We'll have a vote where every Republican votes to defund Obamacare and practically every Democrat will keep it in place, and that will be the defining issue in 2014. This is an albatross around their neck."
Graham supported the positions of his colleagues in the House, insisting that the Affordable Care Act is "going over like a lead balloon in the economy, and the only way we can screw this up is to make it about us."
Critics of the House GOP have charged that the Obamacare defunding language is a partisan matter, designed as an affront on the Obama White House.
On the question of whether or not the government will shut down over the bill's language, Graham believes there will be a compromise and that Obamacare will take a hit and face delays in some provisions but that it will not be defunded this time around.
"This bill sucks," Graham said. "It really does."
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