Collins: 'The Senate is starting from scratch' on healthcare

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday said the upper chamber is going to start over with its own version of a healthcare bill.

"The House bill is not going to come before us," Collins said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" when asked if she would vote yes if the House bill were before her today.

"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."

Collins said she thinks the Senate will "come up with a whole new fresh approach" that solves the "legitimate flaws that do exist" with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


"My goal is to actually expand coverage for those 28 million Americans who still lack coverage today despite the ACA," she said.

Collins also said during the interview she has a "lot of concerns" with the House GOP's healthcare bill. But she noted it is difficult to assess the bill because she has not yet seen a Congressional Budget Office analysis.

Last week, the House narrowly passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Senate Republicans plan to dramatically overhaul the House health insurance bill and are warning the process could take weeks. 

President Trump on Sunday tweeted that Republican senators will "not let the American people down."