GOP Sen Collins: I Cannot Support Health Care Bill If It Takes Insurance From Millions, Cuts Medicaid

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she could not support the Senate Republicans’ health care bill if the Congressional Budget Office finds millions will lose their coverage.

Collins also said she would have to hold off final judgment until after the amendment process, but she laid out her criteria.

Collins said, “I can’t support a bill that is going to greatly increase premiums for our older Americans or out of pocket costs for those who aren’t quite old enough for Medicare yet. I cannot support a bill that’s going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance and I cannot support a bill that is going to make such deep cuts in Medicaid that’s going to ship billions of dollars of costs to our state governments, to those who have insurance and to health care providers, such as rural hospitals, which would be faced with a great deal of uncompensated care. So it isn’t any one factor. I do care also about funding Planned Parenthood, but it is all of those factors put together that’ll influence my decision.”

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