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Republican Senator Comes Out Against Party’s Health Care Bill

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has decided to stand up for the sake of the health of American people.

She will not become the part of Trump administration’s already delayed and scorned health care bill.

Her decision rests upon the disturbing findings presented in the nonpartisan report of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).The report stated that at least 22 million Americans will lose health coverage under the Senate Republican bill. She explains in a series of Tweets for the reasons he will not supporting the bill:

 

Collins is among the few moderates left in senate.

She has been indecisive about the Republican bill from the very beginning. Losing her support for the bill will make a real difference. This might encourage other Republicans to walk away from a bill which is supported by just 17% of the Americans.

The CBO report has had a very few positive points about the new health bill. It says that the bill will cut government’s health costs while taking away insurance for slightly fewer people. But the staggering amount of 22 million lives, which will get affected by this bill, is hard to ignore. It is to be noted that the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is repeatedly warning his fellow Republicans, including President Trump, that if the bill fails to pass in the Senate they will be forced to negotiate with the Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

Sen. Susan Collins, (R) Maine, candidate for US Senate. Official portrait obtained from Office of Senator Susan Collins.

Trump would obviously love to get the bill passed at the Senate

But if it doesn’t he would be still “ok” with that.

“This will be great if we get it done, and if we don’t get it done it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK, and I understand that very well,” Trump told a group of Republican senators visiting the White House on Tuesday.

It’s hard to believe but that could be the smartest political move of Trump. On the one hand he can say that he did his best to repeal the Obamacare, which is so dear to the Republican base, and on the other hand if he fails to do so he would get retroactive credit for not putting a crippling blow on the surprisingly resilient health care law of the Americans.

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