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GOP Sen. Susan Collins Says She’ll Vote To Block Health Bill

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted Monday evening that she will vote no on a motion to proceed on the Senate health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Collins made the announcement a few hours after the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary analysis of the Republicans’ proposal, estimating that in 10 years, 22 million more people would be uninsured than if the Affordable Care Act remained law. “I want to work with my GOP and Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA,” she tweeted. “CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it. I will vote no on mtp,” meaning motion to proceed. The GOP can only afford two defections from its narrow 52-seat majority, as no Democrats or independents are expected to back the bill.

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