Sen. Susan Collins: ‘Very serious concerns’ with the Senate health care bill Video

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Want to move to senator Susan Collins of Maine. She’s joining us from Washington. You heard senator Paul, Schumer, Kelly Ann Conway. Is there a way for senator Mcconnell and president trump to come up with a bill that you and senator Paul with support? It’s certainly going to be very difficult. For my part, I’m very concerned about the cost for insurance for older people with serious chronic illnesses. And Tim pact of the medicaid cuts on our state governments. The most vulnerable people in our society and health care providers such as our rural hospitals and nursing home. Most of whom are very dependent on the medicaid program. So threading that needle is going to be extremely difficult. You heard Kelly Ann Conway say those are not medicaid cuts. What is your response? I respectfully disagree with her analysis. This is why we need the congressional budget office assessment of the impact of the senate bill on costs and coverage including its analysis of medicaid and that will be coming out tomorrow. But based on what I’ve seen, fwifb the inflation rate that would be applied in the outer years to the medicaid program, the senate bill is going to have more impact on the medicaid program than even the house bill. So that means if that’s true, if that is confirmed by the congressional budget office, you’re a no? I want to wait to see the cbo analysis. But I have very serious concerns about the bill. You have concerns about planned parenthood. This would deny funding for a year. You’re planninging to introduce an amendment that would restore the funding. If gnat amendment fails, will you oppose final passage? It makes no sense to I LEM Nate federal funding for planned parenthood. There are already long standing restrictions on the use of federal funds on abortion. That’s not what this debate is about. Planned parenthood is an important provider of health care services,…

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