GOP Senator Says It’s ‘Hard’ To Imagine Obamacare Repeal Passing This Week

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, listens as fired FBI director James Comey recounts a series of conversations with President Donald Trump as he testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Comey alleges Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russia ties.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, listens as former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Sunday said she has “very serious concerns” about Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has a hard time imagining that the bill will pass in the week ahead.

“It’s hard for me to see the bill passing this week, but that’s up to the majority leader,” Collins said on ABC News’ “This Week,” referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

She cited the dramatic cuts the bill would impose on Medicaid.

“Based on what I’ve seen, given the inflation rate that would be applied in the outer years to the Medicaid program, the Senate bill is going to have more impact on the Medicaid program than even the House bill,” Collins said.

“If that’s true, and if that is confirmed by the Congressional Budget Office, you’re a no?” George Stephanopoulos asked, referring to the non-partisan office’s upcoming analysis of the bill’s impact and costs.

“I want to wait to see the CBO analysis, but I have very serious concerns about the bill,” Collins replied.

She also pushed back on the White House’s line that the bill would not result in Medicaid cuts.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday insisted that nobody currently enrolled in Medicaid would be “affected in any way,” and senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway made similar comments on Sunday.

“These are not cuts to Medicaid,” Conway said earlier on “This Week.”

Asked to respond to Conway’s comments, Collins said: “I respectfully disagree with her analysis.”

Latest Livewire

Notable Replies

  1. Translation: They’ll be putting it up for a vote late Monday night.

  2. KAC doesn’t deserve respectful disagreement.

  3. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Sunday said she has “very serious concerns” about Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has a hard time imagining that the bill will pass in the week ahead.

    Oh, my giddy aunt! Even Chris Cillizza and Chuck Todd must be on to this Bette Davis-level performance by the “onnagata” senator from Maine.

  4. Avatar for jwr12 jwr12 says:

    She’s clearing her throat to vote yes come Thursday, in other words. When the history of this period in American politics is written, if it is written, I hope they reserve particular derision for the politicians who cynically played moderates on TV, in order to provide cover for GOP cruelty.

  5. Clearly, the screams of innocents exacerbate Sue’s cerebral palsy…

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

105 more replies

Participants

Avatar for k_in_va Avatar for drbb Avatar for littlegirlblue Avatar for tani Avatar for zoester Avatar for mantan Avatar for chelsea530 Avatar for ralph_vonholst Avatar for midnight_rambler Avatar for gr Avatar for ignoreland Avatar for rb639 Avatar for sfaw Avatar for leftcoaster Avatar for dnl Avatar for shorebreeze Avatar for thunderclapnewman Avatar for junebug Avatar for dommyluc Avatar for jwr12 Avatar for pumor Avatar for centralasiaexpat Avatar for kenstories Avatar for badabingo

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: