Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday that he’s working with other senators to draft an alternative plan to replace Obamacare — and he hopes to win Democratic support.
The surprising comments by the South Carolina Republican come as Senate GOP leaders struggle to come up with the 50 votes necessary to pass their bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health law.
“I’m working with some senators to come up with a new approach to deal with how to replace Obamacare,” Graham told reporters. “I think it will be fundamentally different. I think it will potentially attract some Democrats.”
He added: “We’re not there yet, but we’re working with governors, and we may be taking some of the critics of the current bill and converting them to supporters.”
He said he would begin unveiling details of his plan in “24 to 48 hours.”
Graham has taken varying stances as the health care debate has dragged on, including suggesting Republicans allow Obamacare to collapse on its own and endorsing the GOP’s much-maligned proposal.