Susan Collins Says ‘8 to 10’ Republican Senators Have ‘Serious Concerns’ About Health Care Bill

Senator Susan Collins, one of the Republicans publicly voicing opposition to the proposed GOP health care bill, said on CNN this morning there are “eight to ten” senators with serious concerns about it.

The health care vote has been delayed while Senator John McCain recovers from surgery.

Collins spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper this morning, expressing that she “respectfully disagree[s]” with Vice President Mike Pence‘s assessment about what the legislation would do to Medicaid.

“This bill would impose fundamental sweeping changes in the Medicaid program and those include very deep cuts,” she said. “That would affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including disabled children, poor seniors, it would affect our rural hospitals and our nursing homes and they would have a very difficult time even staying in existence and serving vulnerable populations. So no, I see it very differently. You can’t take more than $700 billion out of the Medicaid program and not think that it’s going to have some kind of effect.”

On the question of whether the bill will pass, Collins responded, “There are about eight to ten Republican senators who have serious concerns about this bill. And so at the end of the day, I don’t know whether it will pass.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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