The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal and replace former President Obama's signature health care law. However, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has indicated that the upper chamber of Congress is working to formulate its own health care proposal.
When ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked her on Sunday's 'This Week' if she would vote "yes" for the recently passed House bill if it came to her today, she responded by saying, "The House bill is not going to come before us. The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill. And I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right."
Senator Collins added, "Speaker Ryan today said that he hoped the Senate would improve the House bill. I think we will do so and that we will come up with a whole new fresh approach that solves the legitimate flaws that do exist with the ACA [Affordable Care Act]."
While she admitted that she had a "lot of concerns" about the House bill that just passed, she also told Stephanopoulos that she wanted to wait for the Congressional Budget Office's assessment before determining her support for it.
Other Republican senators have also mentioned concerns about the absence of a CBO analysis and score determining costs and the number of people covered; Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said Thursday, that "[we] want to make sure we know what our bill costs," notes USA Today.
Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham told CBS News, "Any time you have a process like this that hasn't been scored you've got to be suspicious of the outcome."