Key Republican centrist Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Tuesday that she plans to vote against the Senate healthcare bill unless it is “dramatically changed.”
During the July 4 recess, her constituents have told her that they want to keep working on the legislation and “don’t want me to support it in its current form,” she told CNN.
She pointed out that the legislation would cut Medicaid funding 35 percent compared to Obamacare by 2036, a number that the Congressional Budget Office projected last week.
Senate Republicans have been unable to reach an agreement over healthcare legislation, with various members pulling the bill in different directions. Centrists such as Collins are upset about the impact of about $770 billion in cuts to Medicaid as well as another CBO projection showing that 22 million more people would be uninsured by 2026, while conservatives say the bill doesn’t go far enough in repealing Obamacare’s insurance regulations that they say are driving up the cost of health insurance.
Republicans had planned to vote on the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, ahead of the Fourth of July recess, but delayed a vote after it became clear that they did not have enough support. In the coming weeks they are working on making changes to the bill that would bring together both factions of the party.