Susan Collins on Affordable Care Act

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Now, the White House is sending conflicting messages.feedback
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Oct 18 2017
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I have a number of serious reservations about it. We already have a problem under the Affordable Care Act with the cost of premiums and deductibles. And finally I'm very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with preexisting conditions – like asthma, arthritis, cancer and diabetes – and what it would mean for them.feedback

It is very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill. I am concerned about the impact on cuts and coverage. And finally I am very concerned about the erosion of people with pre-existing conditions.feedback

What I found out so far causes me great concern. It seems to have many of the same flaws of the bill that we rejected previously, and in fact it had some additional flaws because there is some language that leads me to believe that people with pre-existing conditions might not be protected. In some states, insurers would still be required to offer them insurance, but rates might well be unaffordable.feedback

Based on the hearings so far, [I] would expect to.feedback

Millions of women across the country rely on Planned Parenthood for family planning, cancer screening, and basic preventive health care services. Denying women access to Planned Parenthood not only runs contrary to our goal of letting patients choose the health care provider who best fits their needs, but it also could impede timely access to care.feedback

Neither party has a monopoly on good ideas, and we must work together to put together a bipartisan bill that fixes the flaws in the ACA and works for all Americans.feedback

These problems require a bipartisan solution. The Democrats made a big mistake when they passed the ACA without a single Republican vote. I don't want to see Republicans make the same mistake.feedback

It's a good question about what will be happening next week. It appears that we will have a vote on Tuesday, but we don't know on whether we're going to be voting on the House bill, the first version of the Senate bill, the second version of the Senate bill, a new version of the Senate bill or a 2015 bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act now.feedback

I don't even know what we are proceeding to next week. I don't know whether we are proceeding to the House bill, a new version of the Senate bill, the old version of the Senate bill, the 2015 'repeal and hope we come up with something in two years' bill – I truly don't. I really think at this point, particularly given the divisions in our conference, that we should go back to normal order [and] have hearings on the problems of the Affordable Care Act, which there are many.feedback

I do not support the new plan. A better approach would be...to begin hearings focused on the problems in the ACA, and let's try to get bipartisan support to fix those egregious flaws.feedback

I'm going to oppose the motion to proceed. I voted against this approach in 2015 and I do not think it's going to be constructive to repeal a law that at this point is so interwoven within our healthcare system and then hope over the next two years we will come up with some kind of a replacement. I think that would create great anxiety for individuals who rely on the ACA, I believe it would cause the insurance markets to go into turmoil.feedback

The only change that Obamacare made in Medicaid was to give states the option of expanding coverage with increased federal funding. Yet the Senate bill would have cut hundreds of billions of dollars from this program, imposed an entirely new formula and reduced the reimbursement rate below the cost of medical inflation.feedback

I do not see a justification for doing away with the 3.8 percent tax on investment income, because that is not something that increases the cost of health care … So I distinguish between those tax increases that were part of Obamacare that increase premiums and the cost of health care versus those that do not.feedback

It's certainly going to be difficult, but it's certainly worth a try. It is never good to pass major legislation without the input in both parties. That was the mistake President Obama made with the Affordable Care Act, and I don't think we should repeat that mistake.feedback

I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I will vote no on mtp. CBO says 22 million people lose insurance; Medicaid cuts hurt most vulnerable Americans; access to healthcare in rural areas threatened. Senate bill doesn't fix ACA problems for rural Maine. Our hospitals are already struggling. 1 in 5 Mainers are on Medicaid.feedback

I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I will vote no on [motion to proceed].feedback

There is no denying that the Affordable Care Act has made insurance available to millions of Americans and allowed people to leave corporate jobs and start businesses. We are disproportionately affected, which is one reason I've spent so much energy on this issue. One of the problems with the exchanges is that the pools are not large enough. It would cost $15 billion annually to expand nationally a patient stability fund like Maine did.feedback

The goal of any [Obamacare] replacement should be to improve access to quality health care while providing consumers with more choices and restraining costs. Unfortunately, the CBO estimates that 23 million Americans would lose insurance coverage over the next decade, and the impact would disproportionately affect older, low-income Americans.feedback

Unfortunately, the CBO estimates that 23 million Americans would lose insurance coverage over the next decade, and the impact would disproportionately affect older, low-income Americans. I urge my colleagues to support the comprehensive ACA replacement plan Senator Cassidy and I introduced that will allow more Americans to obtain health insurance, preserve significant consumer protections, and help moderate the cost of health care.feedback

First of all, the House bill is not going to come before us. The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill. And I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right. Speaker Ryan today said that he hoped that the Senate would improve the House bill. I think we will do so and that we will come up with a whole new fresh approach that solves the legitimate flaws that do exist with the ACA, where we have seen, in some markets, insurers fleeing so people won't be able to buy subsidized insurance. But it will keep some of the benefits of the ACA.feedback

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