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Collins Skeptical to Act on Graham-Cassidy Without CBO Score

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:04 PM

Republican Sen. Susan Collins said it was "problematic" for the Senate to be moving forward on its latest healthcare bill without the full analysis of the Congressional Budget Office, The Hill reported.

Collins, one of three Republicans who voted down the Senate's skinny repeal in July, isn't as gung-ho as many of her colleagues about acting without a safety net over the Graham-Cassidy legislation, which is coming up fast on the Sept. 30 deadline.

"That's problematic … that's part of the problem of short-circuiting the process," Collins said, according to the Hill. ​

The CBO said it would rush out initial analysis by next week, but that it would take weeks longer for its full report on the bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, which would extend past the deadline.

Collins joins Sens. John McCain and Lisa Murkowski on the "undecided" column on the legislation. And with Sen. Rand Paul a firm no, the nose-count margin is thin for Republicans, who hold a 52-48 edge over Democrats in the Senate.

"I'm concerned about what the effect would be on coverage, on Medicaid spending in my state. On the fundamental changes in Medicaid that would be made without the Senate holding a single hearing," Collins said, the Hill reported.

McCain and Murkowski were the other "nay" votes with Collins that sunk the Senate's skinny repeal.

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins said it was "problematic" for the Senate to be moving forward on its latest healthcare bill without the full analysis of the Congressional Budget Office, The Hill reported.
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