GOP holdout: Cruz amendment not the solution on healthcare

GOP holdout: Cruz amendment not the solution on healthcare
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — VA reform bill heads to Trump's desk Senate panel to consider ban on prescription drug 'gag clauses' Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn MORE (R-Maine), who has come out against the Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, said Sunday that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform Tapper lists 'conspiracy theories' Trump has shared 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 McConnellMcConnell says he backs Mueller probe after classified briefing Overnight Finance: Trump signs Dodd-Frank rollback | Snubs key Dems at ceremony | Senate confirms banking regulator | Lawmakers lash out on Trump auto tariffs Senate Dems’ campaign chief ‘welcomes’ midterm support from Clintons MORE (R-Ky.) late Saturday announced that he will delay the upper chamber’s consideration of the bill while Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate panel advances 6B defense policy bill McCain: Trump pardoning Jack Johnson 'closes a shameful chapter in our nation’s history' Trump pardons late boxing champion Jack Johnson MORE (R-Ariz.) recovers from surgery.