WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vice President Mike Pence flew back to Capitol Hill for a few hours with Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday, telling the on-board press pool reporter of the push for the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill from President Donald Trump, Pence, Graham, and Steve Bannon, among others.
Several times during a conversation between Pence, Graham, and the onboard press pool reporter, Pence and Graham referred to support for “federalism” in relation to the Obamacare adjustment bill.
Graham spoke of Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, stating that he “ loves the idea of federalism.”
Pence said that President Trump is “a great believer in federalism.” The Vice President indicated that this fact moved the Trump Administration to spend the past six weeks “in discussions about the way forward, about [Graham’s and Cassidy’s] development of the bill” and have “provided administration resources to support their analysis.”
Pence also credited Sen. Bernie Sanders’ unveiling of a single-payer healthcare bill on the same day as “Graham-Cassidy, state-based innovation and federalism was unveiled” as a “useful coincidence.” Graham interjected that it was “a gift from God.” Pence continued that Trump sees the two as the choice facing America. Graham followed, “federalism versus socialism, you pick.”