Collins: 'Leaning against' new ObamaCare repeal effort
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (R-Maine) said on Friday she has serious concerns about the latest GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare as Republicans prepare to vote on the legislation next week. 

"I’m leaning against the bill,” Collins told the Portland Press-Herald. “I’m just trying to do what I believe is the right thing for the people of Maine." 

 
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But after voting against each of the GOP proposals in July and sounding skeptical about Graham-Cassidy she's widely viewed as a likely "no" vote. 
 
Collins added on Friday that she is still reading the "fine print" of the health-care legislation, which is also backed by GOP Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDems look to use Moore against GOP Senate hearing shows Fed chair nominee acts the part Senate GOP votes to begin debate on tax bill MORE (Nev.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Cybersecurity: Panel pushes agencies on dropping Kaspersky software | NC county won't pay ransom to hackers | Lawmakers sound alarm over ISIS 'cyber caliphate' GOP chairman warns of ISIS's ‘cyber caliphate’ Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him MORE (Wis.). 
 
“The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable,” she said, referring to the cost for individuals with pre-existing health conditions. 
 
If Collins votes against the bill, GOP leadership will be left with no room for error if they want to get their last-ditch ObamaCare repeal bill through the Senate next week. 
 
Republicans have 52 seats. They need 50 senators to support the bill, which would require Vice President Pence to break a tie, under the special budget rules being used to avoid a Democratic filibuster. 
 
 
Those rules expire at the end of the month, meaning after next week Republicans would need 60 votes to pass an ObamaCare repeal. 
 
Republicans are taking heavy fire over a provision of their bill that would allow states to repeal rules aimed at protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions. 
 
Cassidy, however, has denied that his bill would hurt people with health problems, noting states would have to be able to tell the federal government how they would provide "adequate and affordable" coverage. 
 
But experts argue there is no clear definition in the bill of what “adequate and affordable” care means.