Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort

Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday 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 GrahamCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico GOP looks for Plan B after failure of immigration measures MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTo lower prescription drug prices, fix existing drug discount programs Kimmel writer tweets amount NRA has given lawmakers in response to shooting prayers Overnight Regulation: Trump unveils budget | Sharp cuts proposed for EPA, HHS | Trump aims to speed environmental reviews | Officials propose repealing most of methane leak rule 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 PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R-Ky.) has said he is opposed to Graham-Cassidy. Meanwhile GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better 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.