Collins: 'Leaning against' new ObamaCare repeal effort
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins: My office has gotten 'pretty ugly voicemails, threats' over Kavanaugh The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Budowsky: Kavanaugh and the rights of women MORE (R-Maine) said on Friday she has serious concerns about the latest GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare as Republicans prepare to vote on the legislation next week. 

"I’m leaning against the bill,” Collins told the Portland Press-Herald. “I’m just trying to do what I believe is the right thing for the people of Maine." 

 
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But after voting against each of the GOP proposals in July and sounding skeptical about Graham-Cassidy she's widely viewed as a likely "no" vote. 
 
Collins added on Friday that she is still reading the "fine print" of the health-care legislation, which is also backed by GOP Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Trump to fundraise for Heller, Tarkanian in Nevada The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly MORE (Nev.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonKavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday Kavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow House panel advances DHS cyber vulnerabilities bills MORE (Wis.). 
 
“The premiums would be so high they would be unaffordable,” she said, referring to the cost for individuals with pre-existing health conditions. 
 
If Collins votes against the bill, GOP leadership will be left with no room for error if they want to get their last-ditch ObamaCare repeal bill through the Senate next week. 
 
Republicans have 52 seats. They need 50 senators to support the bill, which would require Vice President Pence to break a tie, under the special budget rules being used to avoid a Democratic filibuster. 
 
 
Those rules expire at the end of the month, meaning after next week Republicans would need 60 votes to pass an ObamaCare repeal. 
 
Republicans are taking heavy fire over a provision of their bill that would allow states to repeal rules aimed at protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions. 
 
Cassidy, however, has denied that his bill would hurt people with health problems, noting states would have to be able to tell the federal government how they would provide "adequate and affordable" coverage. 
 
But experts argue there is no clear definition in the bill of what “adequate and affordable” care means.