LePage meeting with Pence in Washington on health care, taxes

Vice President Mike Pence accompanied by Maine Gov. Paul LePage left speaks to members of the media before a meeting to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex Friday Sept. 22 2017

"This bill which I've introduced is bipartisan (and) would improve access for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing not only physicians, but physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to authorize home health services", said Collins, (R).

Republican bills to repeal the ACA have been crafted behind closed doors without committee hearings.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul is a hard "no" against Graham-Cassidy. Collins expressed concerns that premiums would become unaffordable for people with a preexisting condition. His opposition has caused frustration among GOP colleagues and drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, who said those who goes against the party line will be known as "the Republican who saved Obamacare". Despite being as anti-Obamacare as anyone in the Senate, he doesn't believe the new bill goes far enough to replace it, calling it "Obamacare Lite". After that, they would need to start the process over by passing a budget resolution. It seems near-impossible (though it won't truly be over until October 1). Bill Cassidy said that while states could develop their own programs, fair coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions would be required. Because their base wants them to.

As for health care, the latest and nearly certainly last Republican plan this year for repealing and replacing Obamacare is in deep trouble. "I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried", he said in a statement, referring to the legislation spearheaded by GOP Sens. Unfortunately the Graham-Cassidy bill has derailed that effort at least temporarily.

"Susan Collins leaning "no" on Graham-Cassidy Obamacare bill": "Sen".

"I'm leaning against the bill", the Maine Republican said after listing a series of serious deficiencies in the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill. "That will be a big change, given that many CVS-covered patients with acute pain receive opioid prescriptions for 20 days or more". "The purported effort to buy Murkowski's vote has surfaced in news reports in various forms".

She said it appears that the latest proposal's cuts to Medicaid would more than offset any increased Affordable Care Act funding for Maine.

"If Medicaid is cut that hospital will not survive", Collins said.

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