Susan Collins Rails Against House Obamacare Repeal Bill

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has publicly come out against the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal legislation in an article published Friday.

Citing the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring, Collin’s blasted the bill for potentially causing millions to lose their coverage, saying that she would like to see improvements made to the Affordable Care Act, and adding that she could not vote in favor of the bill without significant changes.

“This bill doesn’t come close to achieving the goal of allowing low-income seniors to purchase health insurance,” Collins told the Portland Press Herald. “We don’t want to in any way sacrifice coverage for people who need it the most.”

The senator took issue with the way the tax credits were structured, saying that she has concerns the tax credits fail to consider cost discrepancies in different geographical locations.

“Older people living in rural America would be really left behind,” Collins continued.

Collins’ disapproval of the measure could spell major trouble for House leadership looking to get the legislation through both chambers.

Despite the reconciliation bill only needing a simple majority to pass the Senate, a number of lawmakers remain unsold.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has repeatedly criticized the proposed House legislation, while Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas have also voiced concerns.

The House Committee on Rules is slated to review the legislation next week.

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