Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort

Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort
© Greg Nash

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Maine) is voicing concern about the latest GOP ObamaCare repeal effort, which could potentially be moving forward without a full Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis. 

"That's problematic. ... That's part of the problem with short circuiting the process," Collins, one of three Republicans who voted against the Senate’s last repeal push, told reporters Monday when asked about CBO's estimate that it wouldn't know the impact on insurance coverage of a bill from GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (La.) for weeks.

The CBO announced Monday that it would be able to release an initial analysis on the Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal bill next week. But it wouldn't be able to provide "point estimates of the effects on the deficit, health insurance coverage, or premiums for at least several weeks."


When told the CBO scored wouldn’t include a projection of those insured, Collins laughed before saying "well it will be interesting to see what they do have."

Republicans are mulling taking another run at repealing ObamaCare next week if the new legislation can get enough support.

But they face a narrow path to passing a bill ahead of a looming Sept. 30 deadline. With 52 GOP senators, they need to win over at least 50 to let Vice President Pence break a tie. 

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Nation editor: Reaction by most of the media to Trump-Putin press conference 'is like mob violence' Lewandowski: Trump-Putin meeting advances goal of world peace Rand Paul to travel to Russia after downplaying election meddling MORE (R-Ky.) has said he is opposed to Graham-Cassidy. Meanwhile GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report GOP lawmaker renews call for Trump to release tax returns after Putin summit House conservatives criticize media, not Trump, for Putin furor MORE (Ariz.) said on Monday they are undecided.

Collins, along with Murkowski and McCain, voted against the GOP "skinny" repeal effort in July. 

She also outlined broad concerns she has on the current Graham-Cassidy legislation. 

"I'm concerned about what the effect would be on coverage, on Medicaid spending in my state. On the fundamental changes in Medicaid that would be made without the Senate holding a single hearing ... and also what the effect would be on premiums," she said.