Key GOP senator: Healthcare was only topic constituents talked about 

Key GOP senator: Healthcare was only topic constituents talked about 
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP presses for swift Ratcliffe confirmation to intel post Campaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Senate eyes quick exit after vote on coronavirus stimulus package MORE (R-Maine) says healthcare was the only thing on the minds of constituents she met with on the Fourth of July.

Collins on Wednesday told the Washington Post that while she usually hears people's thoughts on a wide range of issues when she meets constituents, all she heard this year was reaction to the GOP's push to repeal ObamaCare.

She said her constituents at the parade overwhelmingly supported her position against the Senate GOP healthcare bill, the vote for which was delayed until after Congress’s Fourth of July recess.

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“There was only one issue. That’s unusual. It’s usually a wide range of issues,” she told The Post.

“I heard, over and over again, encouragement for my stand against the current version of the Senate and House healthcare bills. People were thanking me, over and over again. ‘Thank you, Susan!’ ‘Stay strong, Susan!’ ”

Collins was a key Republican whose early resistance to the healthcare bill contributed to Senate GOP leadership’s decision to delay votes on the bill.

She was one of the four Republicans in the senate who announced public appearances in Fourth of July parades after the issue took center stage in Congress.