Collins on all-male healthcare working group: 'The leaders obviously chose the people they want'

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Ryan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday brushed off a question about why she is not part of an all-male group of senators working on the Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"Well, the leaders obviously chose the people they want,” Collins said in a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week.”  

“But I'm working hard with Sen. [Bill] Cassidy [R-La.], with our co-sponsors ... we're reaching out to moderate Democrats. I would like to see us put together a bipartisan group to solve this problem.”

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Collins, who said Thursday she has "a lot of concerns" and questions about the House's bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, says the upper chamber will move forward with its own creation. 

"The House bill is not going to come before us," Collins said during the interview.

"The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill, and I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right."

Updated 2:29 p.m.