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Republican Sen. Collins: ‘Very difficult to envision’ voting for health care bill

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(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday that it would “very difficult” to envision herself voting for the Graham-Cassidy bill, which appears to put the Republicans’ latest effort to repeal Obamacare in jeopardy.

“It’s very difficult for me to envision a scenario where I would end up voting for this bill,” Collins said in an interview with reporters. “I have a number of serious reservations about it.”

Collins said she wants to wait for the Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill before she makes a final decision.

Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona have already publicly come out against the GOP health care bill.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he does not yet support the bill, which appears to put the Republicans’ latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy.

“Right now, they don’t have my vote,” Cruz said during an interview at TribFest at the University of Texas in Austin on Sunday.

“And I don’t think they have Mike Lee’s either,” Cruz said of the Republican senator from Utah.

Cruz said he wants to be a “yes” vote on Republicans’ latest push to repeal Obamacare, the health care law he called a “disaster.”

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