'Not the answer'

Senator Susan Collins once again instrumental in blocking latest effort to repeal Obamacare

U.S. Senator Susan Collins departs after the weekly Republican caucus policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. September 19, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

The latest Republican effort to repeal Obamacare is all but finished after U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, announced on Monday evening that she would not vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill. Collins played a pivotal role over the summer in squashing the initial GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, along with Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona.

This time around, Collins said, the “Graham-Cassidy bill was not the answer” due to three major flaws in the bill. Collins said the cuts to Medicaid it would have made and the weaker protections it would’ve provided for those with pre-existing conditions. Secondly, Collins said she worried about the bill not having clearly defined the meaning of affordability. The third major flaw, she said, was the potential for it to cause tens of millions of people to lose insurance and that those who are able to hold onto their insurance will see soaring premiums.

“I have to do what I think is right for the people of Maine and the people of this country. And that is what has led me to my decision today,” the senator said. Watch her full remarks on the bill below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press and click here to read Collins’ full statement on why she doesn’t support the bill.


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