The GOP was once again unable to agree on a replacement for Obamacare. On Tuesday night, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) said that she would vote “no” on the Graham Cassidy health care bill.
In a statement, Collins said, “Today, we find out that there is now a fourth version of the Graham-Cassidy proposal, which is as deeply flawed as the previous iterations. The fact that a new version of this bill was released the very week we are supposed to vote compounds the problem.”
Collins joined Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
In an interview with ABC News, Collins said, “Obviously this was an issue to which I’ve given a great deal of thought because there are many problems in the Affordable Care Act that do need to be fixed. However, it was clear to me that the Graham-Cassidy bill was not the answer.”
Collins main issue with the new bill is that there are “sweeping changes and cuts” in the Medicaid program.
Collins continued, “The CBO’s analysis on the earlier version of the bill, incomplete though it is due to time constraints, confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance.”
Collins also said that President Trump and Vice President Pence have contacted her in efforts to change her position.
She told ABC News, “I had a very cordial discussion with the president today. I’m not going to go into the details of the conversation, but it was completely cordial, as was my conversation with Vice President Pence and with [Health and Human Services] Secretary [Tom] Price and with many other members of the administration. I appreciated their input, it’s just at the end, I can’t support this bill.”
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