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Senator Susan Collins Just Sent a Blunt Message To GOP About Trumpcare

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Senator Susan Collins Just Sent a Blunt Message To GOP About Trumpcare

In another sign that President Trump and the GOP’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is going to be defeated, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Sunday that she is unlikely to support the latest GOP ObamaCare bill.

“It’s very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

She added that she has “a number of serious reservations about” the bill from GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), which would replace ObamaCare’s insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion with block grants.

But Collins stressed that she has not made a final decision and is waiting for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that could be released as soon as Monday.

GOP leadership can’t afford to lose Collins’s vote if they want to pass the ObamaCare repeal bill.

GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) announced on Friday that he couldn’t in “good conscience” vote for the Graham-Cassidy legislation. GOP Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) has also said he is opposed to the legislation.

Several other key senators, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), remain on the fence.

Collins said on Friday that she was “leaning against” supporting the legislation.

“The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable,” she told reporters, referring to the cost for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

Collins is widely viewed as a likely “no” vote after opposing each of the GOP repeal proposals in July.

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