GOP Sen. Collins just infuriated fellow Republicans by joining Dems to fix healthcare (Details)

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While John McCain received much of the recognition during the last time Trumpcare was voted down, a few GOP Senators had made their choice to oppose it long before he did. One of those brave senators was Susan Collins (R-ME), who recently made another stunning blow to her GOP colleagues.

The Maine senator has now teamed up with a Florida Democrat, Senator Bill Nelson, to create a bipartisan effort in fixing the remaining problems with healthcare. This somes as a smack in the face to most of the GOP and pretty much guarantees she won’t be voting yes on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.

On CNN, Collins made the assertion that the Graham-Cassidy bill includes “many of the same flaws of the bill we rejected previously and in fact, it has some additional flaws.”

This newly proposed bipartisan legislation, which Collins supports, will be called the Reinsurance Act of 2017. Its aim is to “reduce the risk for insurance companies by providing funds to insurers for high-risk enrollees.”

Collins has regularly been begging her colleagues to form a bipartisan approach to the matter.

“I personally remain ever hopeful that a bipartisan agreement on a targeted consensus approach to stabilizing the markets and reducing premiums can still be reached,” said Collins.

Though she is a Republican, her opposition to Trumpcare doesn’t seem to be hurting her among her constituency. Back in Maine she was lauded for her efforts and cheered by many during a local 4th of July parade.

Collins is celebrated while walking a parade in Maine. Photo by Murray Carpenter for The Washington Post

Other likely opposition to the bill includes Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The Senate needs at least 50 of its 52 GOP senators to pass the bill.


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