Republlcan Sen. Susan Collins of Maine) tweeted on Monday that she’d prefer to work with her Republican and Democratic colleagues to fix the flaws in Affordable Care Act, particularly after the CBO analysis shows that the current version of the Senate repeal bill doesn’t.
Collins, in fact, made plain that she felt that the bill was so flawed that she would not even allow the vote on health care to proceed to a debate on the bill’s merits, says Jennifer Rubin. McConnell’s artificial deadline cuts both ways: either senators will be forced to fall in line in a hurry or those who cannot vote for the bill will opt out by simply blaming the Senate Majority Leader for not giving them enough time to consider the bill.
“Senate bill doesn’t fix ACA problems for rural Maine. Our hospitals are already struggling. 1 in 5 Mainers are on Medicaid,” Collins went on to point out.
And “if McConnell after the July 4 recess decides to move on to other things, senators may never get around to a health-care vote,” Rubin notes.