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Collins: GOP health care bill would lead to insurance that is "barely insurance at all"

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks amid a crush of reporters after Republicans released their long-awaited bill to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. She is one of four GOP senators to say they are opposed to it as written which could put the measure in immediate jeopardy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - On Sunday, lawmakers debated the Republican health care bill and its chances of passing a vote in the Senate. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate will delay consideration of the bill due to Senator McCain's absence net week due to eye surgery.

On ABC's "This Week," Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, said that the Republican plan would lead to health insurance that is "barely insurance at all."

She also expressed concern about the cuts to Medicaid.

Collins said that the Medicaid program has been on the books for more than 50 years "Insuring some of our most vulnerable citizens, disabled children, our low-income seniors, receive the health care they need.

Collins added "worst of all," these changes would have been made without the Senate holding a single hearing to evaluate their impact.

Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price also appeared on "This Week" defending the bill.

Price said that he found the opposition from big name insurance companies "perplexing."

When asked if the Senate has the votes to pass the bill, the secretary said, "I don't know."

But Price told Sinclair Broadcast Group that he was "confident we will get to a solution" on the bill.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, said that the Republican health care plan is still an "open process." Cornyn said the republicans will continue to improve the bill.

The senator also said that if the bill fails when it comes to a vote, the GOP will try again.

On Fox New Channel's "Fox News Sunday," Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, said he still believes that a full repeal of President Obama's Affordable Care Act is possible.

Paul added the Republicans plan is just a subsidy for President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Also, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Paul said the longer the bill waits "out there," fewer conservatives will view it as a form of repeal.








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