Collins to kill latest GOP healthcare bill with 'no' vote

Sen. Susan Collins announces her opposition to the latest GOP healthcare bill, saying it would drive up premiums, weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and make "devastating" cuts to Medicaid.
By Wilson Soto | Sep 27, 2017
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has become the third senator to state publicly her intention to vote against the latest Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare making its defeat in the Senate nearly certain.

"I cannot support the bill," Collins said Monday night, as reported by Bloomberg. She added that neither attempts to woo her by President Trump and senior members of his administration nor by changes to the legislation that would funnel additional funds to her home state could persuade her to change her mind.

"If senators can adjust a funding formula over a weekend to help a single state, they could just as easily adjust that formula in the future to hurt that state," Collins said, in a statement." This is simply not the way that we should be approaching an important and complex issue."

Collins also said the legislation would drive up premiums for millions, weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and make "devastating" cuts in the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, according to a report by ABC News.

The Senate's narrow 52-48 majority along with united Democratic opposition means that three Republican "no" votes would send the Graham-Cassidy bill to the trash bin of history. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky have all announced their opposition to the legislation.

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who voted "no" in the last round of failed GOP bills, remains undecided.

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