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Collins says it’s time for GOP, Democrats to work together on health bill

Senator Susan Collins at her home in Bangor, Maine, in May.
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Senator Susan Collins at her home in Bangor, Maine, in May.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins says it’s time for the GOP and Democrats to work together to fix the health care law.

In an interview Monday, the Maine lawmaker rejected a proposal from conservative Sen. Ted Cruz that would allow insurers to offer skimpier, stripped-down plans along with Obamacare policies. Collins said the plan would lead to unaffordable costs for individuals with pre-existing conditions and caps on coverage.

Collins said it’s time to move away from a Republican-only approach. She said Republicans and Democrats need to acknowledge the flaws in Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that need to be fixed and the two parties should work together.

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to produce a Republican bill that would muster the necessary votes.

But McConnell also said that if he is unable to get 50 votes for the GOP plan, he would try to shore up insurance markets, a legislative step that would involve Democrats.