The swamp creatures in the beltway didn’t much care for Steve Bannon while he was in the White House. And now that he’s out, they seem to think he’s their ace-in-the-hole for passing the latest version of Obamacare replacement.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters on Air Force Two on Tuesday that Breitbart News and former White House Chief Strategist and present Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon have been critical to passing a state-based Obamacare repeal bill. Graham said Bannon has “been very helpful” and “he loves the idea of federalism.”
The South Carolina senator told reporters that he has been talking to Bannon. Graham said, “Ok, me and Darth Vader are now talking to each other,” adding:
“Steve and I have our differences. But he loves the idea of federalism. He said, ‘This is the best idea I’ve heard in years, maybe not coming from the best guy I’ve known in years’…but he really has been very helpful in his world, of pointing out this is the best alternative to Obamacare that’s been put forward. And so I’ve got Alan Greenspan, Jeb Bush, and Steve Bannon. If you can do better than that, call me.”
Breitbart News has been at the forefront of the new Obamacare repeal legislation. Breitbart News first broke the story in an exclusive interview with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum revealed that he assembled a coalition of Republicans including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) on a new bill to repeal and replace Obamacare through block grants to the states.
Only time will tell, but this bill has as many red flags flying over it as the last two. And Steve Bannon is working very hard to hold Republicans’ feet to the fire.