Lindsey Graham: Slash health care so sequester cuts won’t ‘destroy the military’

By David Edwards
Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:17 EDT
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Lindsey Graham speaks to Fox News
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama’s health care programs for the middle class should be slashed to stop scheduled sequester cuts from “destroying the military.”

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace point out that the White House has said that if the sequester cuts are not stopped then 70,000 children will lose Head Start, food inspections would be cut and $900 billion in small business loan guarantees would be lost.

“You know the president will say that your party is forcing this to protect tax cuts for the wealthy,” Wallace told Graham.

“The commander-in-chief came up with the idea of sequestration — destroying the military and putting a lot of good programs at risk,” Graham insisted. “Here’s my idea, let’s take Obamacare and put it on the table. You can make $86,000 in income and still get a subsidy under Obamacare. Obamacare is destroying health care in this country.”

“If you want to look at ways to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade, let’s look at Obamacare. Let’s don’t destroy the military and just cut blindly across board,” he added. “The president promised it wouldn’t happen, he’s the commander-in-chief and on his watch, we’re going to begin to unravel the finest military in the history of the world at a time we need it most.”

“The Iranians are watching us, we’re allowing people to be destroyed and slaughtered in Syria. So, I just really — I’m very disappointed in our commander-in-chief.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 17, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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