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Collins: 'Disappointing' that bipartisan health-care effort was halted

Collins: 'Disappointing' that bipartisan health-care effort was halted
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration GOP senators turning Trump immigration framework into legislation Longtime Clinton confidant blames Comey for 2016 loss MORE (R-Maine) said Wednesday that it was "disappointing" a bipartisan health-care effort was halted after the White House threw its support behind a measure pushed by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Tech: Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up hack | Apple considers battery rebates | Regulators talk bitcoin | SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket Overnight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyRepublican agenda clouded by division Sen. Cassidy says he won’t go back on Kimmel after health care fight GOP lawmakers help people injured in train crash MORE (R-La.). 

In an interview with CNN, Collins said she had not yet decided whether she will vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill, which seeks to end federal ObamaCare insurance subsidies and Medicaid expansion and replace them with block grants to states.

Collins said she is waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to release a partial analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill before she makes a decision on it.

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But she acknowledged that she preferred an effort by the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Health Committee to stabilize the individual insurance market and fix the problems with ObamaCare, rather than repeal it outright.

Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSanders wants pharma CEOs to testify on opioid crisis Trump expects us to trade clean air and water for updated infrastructure House GOP warming to ObamaCare fix MORE (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Health Committee, said Tuesday that the efforts had come to a standstill after Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach a deal that could pass in the Senate.

"It's disappointing that this bipartisan effort — which should be our approach — was not allowed to proceed to conclusion," Collins said.

In addition to Collins, Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiLawmakers scold Trump official over Pacific island trust fund Republican agenda clouded by division Greens sue over Interior plans to build road through Alaska refuge MORE (R-Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Meghan McCain: Melania is 'my favorite Trump, by far' Kelly says Trump not likely to extend DACA deadline MORE (R-Ariz.) are also said to remain undecided on the Graham-Cassidy bill. The three Republicans voted against a slimmed-down ObamaCare repeal bill in late July, throwing a wrench in the GOP's efforts to do away with the health-care law.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (R-Ky.) has already indicated he will not vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill, arguing that it does not go far enough to repeal ObamaCare