Collins: Trump's threat to end ObamaCare payments won't change my vote

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds MORE (R-Maine) said President Trump’s threats to cut off funding for key ObamaCare payments won’t change her vote on the GOP’s plan to repeal it.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Collins during an appearance on “State of the Union” Sunday if Trump’s threats to cut off the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, as well as his apparent threat to cut off the healthcare benefits of members of Congress if they don’t pass a new bill, would change her vote.


“It would not affect my vote on healthcare, but it’s an example of why we need to act: to make sure that those payments, which are not an insurance company bailout, but rather help people who are very low-income afford their out-of-pocket costs toward their deductibles and their co-pays,” Collins said.

“It really would be detrimental to some of the most vulnerable citizens if those payments were cut off.”

Collins joined fellow Republican Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRepublicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGeorge W. Bush: 'It's a problem that Americans are so polarized' they can't imagine him being friends with Michelle Obama Congress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting MORE (Ariz.) in voting against Senate Republicans’ “skinny repeal” of ObamaCare in the early hours of Friday morning.

After returning home after her "no" vote, Collins received applause and cheers from passengers at an airport in Maine.

“It was just amazing. I’ve never had that happen in the 20 years that I’ve been privileged to serve in the Senate. So it was very encouraging and affirming, especially after arriving back home after a very difficult time,” she said.

Trump has previously threatened to withhold the CSR payments, which lower the amount some individuals have to pay for deductibles, copayments and insurance. 

The president also targeted Murkowski last week, tweeting that she “really let the Republicans, and our country, down” after she voted no on a motion to proceed to debate on a GOP healthcare bill.