GOP Sen. Collins on Health Care Bill: ‘I Cannot Support a Bill’ That Takes Insurance From Millions

Earlier today, Senate Republicans finally revealed their secret health care bill. And to say the reception was tepid would be kind. Besides the expected heavy criticism from Democrats — including former President Barack Obama — a number of GOP senators expressed their opposition.

A group of four Senate Republicans has already come out to say they are currently a “no” on the bill, effectively killing it where it stands. Now, you can add another to the list.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s MTP Daily, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) explained that she just couldn’t support a bill that would end up leaving more Americans without health coverage.

With host Chuck Todd noting that she was already a skeptic of the House-passed bill, Collins was asked what was her line in the sand when it came to whether she could support the Senate one.

“I can’t support a bill that will greatly increase premiums for our older Americans,” she said. “I cannot support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance.”

The Maine lawmaker added that she also couldn’t support a bill that made deep cuts to Medicaid while also stating that she does care that funding to Planned Parenthood is being impacted.

However, she did let Todd know that while she is expressing severe reservations right now, she will wait until the Congressional Budget Office releases its score of the bill next week.

Watch the interview above, via MSNBC.

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