Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort

Collins skeptical of 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) 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 GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday 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 PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) has said he is opposed to Graham-Cassidy. Meanwhile GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments GOP on verge of opening Arctic refuge to drilling MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress 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.