Sen. Susan Collins 'Leaning Against' Supporting Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill

Sen. Susan Collins 'Leaning Against' Supporting Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill

The new measure takes funds for health care largely out of federal control and places them in states' hands.

Collins, a Republican, said earlier this week she was "leaning no" on the bill.

She says she's recently introduced a bill called the Home Health Planning Act. Add McCain and Kentucky's Rand Paul who have now firmly come out against the bill, it becomes impossible for the GOP to get to 50. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), which would turn much of Obamacare's funding into a block grant for the states starting in 2020. Collins said she "gathers all the data and tries to "make the best decision".

"The governor in particular has stepped up his efforts", Collins says.

"If I don't do that I can't look at myself in the mirror", Collins said. "With higher rates of Medicaid patients than their urban counterparts, rural hospitals would be disproportionately hurt by an end of the Medicaid expansion proposed in the so-called Graham-Cassidy Senate bill, said Maggie Elehwany, vice president of government affairs at the National Rural Health Association". Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

She said she has not seen anything "to contradict" analysis showing cliffs in Graham-Cassidy funding that would kick in after 2026, and that changing the funding formula for Medicaid would be harmful to many states, including Maine.

The Graham-Cassidy bill would not erase the ACA's protections preventing insurance companies from outright denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions, but it could allow for more expensive premiums.

With time has come power and influence, which is one reason why Collins is struggling with the decision of whether to stay in the Senate or run for governor next year.

Collins is the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee.

"We were on our way to producing a bipartisan bill that would have addressed some of these problems".

Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Friday that she is leaning toward voting against the latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, citing the bill's potential to increase premium costs for individuals with preexisting conditions.

Republican senators have until September 30 to push a repeal bill through.