'Take A Hard Look': Maine Gov. LePage Urges Key Sen. Collins to Support Health Care Bill
After Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) put the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill on "life support," Maine's governor pressed his senior senator to vote in favor of the bill, Mike Emanuel reported.
Collins said that thus far, she is "leaning against" supporting the bill.
Gov. Paul LePage (R) publicly asked that Collins, a centrist Republican, and Maine's other senator Angus King, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, to support the Graham-Cassidy bill.
"I'm really in big support of Graham-Cassidy," LePage told reporters. "I really urge [Collins] to really take a hard look [at the bill]. Both senators, Collins and King [should] help make people go back to affordable health care."
The Graham-Cassidy bill gives state governors like LePage further control over health care than they have currently under the more centralized Affordable Care Act.
Emanuel played tape of fellow moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) appearing upset while being mobbed by reporters, as she is also considered a crucial vote in regard to the current legislation.
He reported that, in the face of reports of possible carve-outs to help convince people like Murkowski and Collins to support the bill, other more conservative senators were "unamused."
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said he would be "unamused" if Murkowski landed a special deal for Alaska in exchange for a vote - similar to former Sen. Ben Nelson's (D-Neb.) "cornhusker kickback" under ObamaCare.
Kennedy said such a move would be unfair and costly to Louisiana and other states not offered such deals.