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Collins to vote no on latest health care bill draft

Collins to vote no on latest health care bill draft

Facing increasing pressure to quickly pass a healthcare bill, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has delayed the start of the Senate's August recess by two weeks.

The main Republican criticisms of the existing Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are that it is too costly and unfairly requires people to purchase health insurance or else face a penalty. Susan Collins of ME told reporters that she will also oppose the bill, if the Medicaid cuts remain the same.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she's waiting to see the specifics in the Senate's latest rewrite of the health care bill.

McConnell made the announcement during a GOP luncheon on health care, after 10 GOP senators signed a letter addressed to the majority leader before the July 4 recess, urging him for more working days to fulfill their legislative promises.

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Tim Scott of SC all publicly said Thursday they hadn't decided whether to back McConnell's reworked bill. Paul penned an op-ed saying that the provisions in the Republican bill that would shore up the insurance industry, in order to help them keep poor and sick people on their rolls, are in fact the opposite of repealing Obamacare. The taxes include a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income for high-income earners, a 0.9 percent Medicare surtax, and the "insurance executive tax break". Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGraham, Cassidy healthcare offer shifts decisions to states FBI nominee vows to resign if Trump crosses legal line Trump's FBI pick: Mueller's Russian Federation probe not a "witch hunt" MORE (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.) would block grant about $500 billion of federal spending to the states over 10 years to either repeal, fix or keep their ObamaCare programs.

"We realized that the Affordable Care Act isn't ideal".

Wednesday's survey found that 47 percent of registered voters believe Congress should drop health care and move onto other issues, while 40 percent believe Congress should stay the course.

"And I think right now we're just trying to find the sweet spot", Thune said.

"(The bill) has gotten worse", Paul said. "I have concern about people with disabilities, the frail and elderly", Moran said. The House passed a health care bill in May.


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