GOP holdout: Cruz amendment not the solution on healthcare

GOP holdout: Cruz amendment not the solution on healthcare
© Greg Nash

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Tech: States sue FCC over net neutrality repeal | Senate Dems reach 50 votes on measure to override repeal | Dems press Apple on phone slowdowns, kids' health | New Android malware found Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals MORE (R-Maine), who has come out against the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, said Sunday that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE’s (R-Texas) amendment is not the route to take as Republican lawmakers push new healthcare legislation.

“Senator Cruz’s approach is not the answer,” Collins told CNN’s “State of the Union,” referring to Cruz’s amendment, which allows insurance providers to sell plans that do not adhere to ObamaCare regulations as long as they sell one plan that does meet the requirements. 

“There is a way to deal with this, and that is by creating a reinsurance pool for people with pre-existing conditions,” she said.

Collins said that while she has not recently heard directly from President Trump to discuss healthcare, she has heard from his chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

Collins, who has said she will vote against the motion to proceed on the latest version of the GOP’s legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare, expressed doubt that the current bill will pass the Senate. 

“And so at the end of the day, I don’t know whether it will pass,” Collins said in the interview.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) late Saturday announced that he will delay the upper chamber’s consideration of the bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.