Republican Senator Susan Collins announced on Friday that she will not be running for governor in her state of Maine, but rather will be staying in the Senate. Yay us.
She said, “I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies that … bring peace and stabilities to a troubled and violent world, and I have concluded that the best way I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the U.S. Senate.”
She then immediately went into attacking President Trump and his health care moves.
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She began by stating that the ObamaCare effort being made in the Senate was made in secrecy. Collins said, “The Senate Republican health care bills were drafted behind close doors. By the way, it was a group of 13 men who did it. It completely bypassed the standard legislative process.”
She also expressed concern about a separate executive order issued by Trump that the White House says will lower premiums by allowing insurers to offer cheaper plans. Critics, including some insurers, argue the changes could raise costs on plans for sicker people.
“I will say that I am very concerned about the president’s executive order that was issued yesterday and his decision to do away with an important subsidy that helps very low income people,” Collins said during a local Chamber of Commerce event in Maine.
Collins, who didn’t support the Affordable Care Act, voted against a slimmed-down GOP ObamaCare repeal bill and has been critical in general of GOP efforts to repeal and replace the health care law.
She took multiple swipes at the Senate’s legislation on Friday, noting her party “repeated the same mistakes” Democrats made when they passed ObamaCare.
Collins voted to block the “skinny” repeal of ObamaCare, alongside Senators Lisa Murkowski and John McCain.
In addition, she claims that the Graham-Cassidy legislation “was a very bad bill.” Collins said, “If senators can adjust a funding formula over a weekend to help a single state they could just as easily adjust that formula in the future to hurt that state.”
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