Last Monday, Republican Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, released a statement that she will be voting against a new bill revoking the Affordable Care Act. This announcement left the Republicans to be in need of one more vote to move the new bill to pass which will overhaul the Obamacare.
As huffingtonpost.com reported in verbatim, “That bill would cut Medicaid, replace the Affordable Care Act with a less generous set of grants to the states and weaken key protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The nonpartisan CBO concluded the bill would reduce federal spending but also leave untold millions without health insurance while destabilizing insurance markets.”
Collins also criticized the hurried and seemingly sloppy process in getting the bill to the Senate floor.
The senator said, “The fact that a new version of this bill was released the very week we are supposed to vote compounds the problem. Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can’t be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target.”
With Senator Collins announcement, this meant that 3 our of 52 Republican seats have already lost votes and a few might also be leaning that way including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). This scenario made it unsure if the Senate Republican leaders will still push through with the vote on this bill or some other form of repeal legislation.