Republicans in the House voted Wednesday to end a GOP filibuster of President Donald Trump’s legislation that would allow millions of Americans to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The measure, sponsored by Sens.
Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R, W.
Va.), would allow Americans to buy individual policies that cover preventive services and other medical expenses.
Cotton, along with Sens.
Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R in Alaska), introduced the bill.
Capito voted for the legislation.
Collins, a moderate, voted against the bill last year but was optimistic it could pass this year.
“I think it’s very much on the horizon,” she told The Hill.
“This is the kind of legislation that I was excited about.
“Because we have a history of passing things that are not perfect.” “
The fact that it’s going to get a vote in the Senate is great, but I don’t think that we should be surprised by the fact that they are moving to make the bill less than perfect,” Collins added.
“Because we have a history of passing things that are not perfect.”
The GOP leadership had said in July that it would not filibuster the bill, even though the legislation would allow people to buy policies that don’t cover the costs of pregnancy and childbirth.
Collins was concerned that the bill could lead to millions of people losing insurance, and said the GOP should “do something different” to get to a bill she supported.
Cotton’s and Murkowski’s bill passed the Senate in June and is now before the House.
The House is expected to vote on the legislation Thursday.
Cotton told The Washington Post that it is not surprising that Republicans in Congress are moving “to the left” on this issue, since they “do not want to pass legislation that is not perfect, even if it is the best bill we can get.”
“We have to do something different,” Cotton told the Post.
“We should have more of a bipartisan approach to this.”
Trump is expected next to sign the legislation into law.
Trump has said that he is happy with the bill and the fact the legislation will “save lives.”
The bill is expected “to save lives, to make sure people don’t get hit by car or hit by a train or something like that, and to make everybody feel good about having coverage,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in August.
“And if we don’t have coverage, people will have nothing to fall back on.”
Collins said the legislation could be an opportunity for Republicans to “make some kind of compromise” with Trump.
“He’s got to make some kind a deal,” Collins told The Associated Press.
Collins also said that she believes the legislation “is going to pass.” “
But if he agrees to it, I think we should do something,” she added.
Collins also said that she believes the legislation “is going to pass.”
“The last thing I want to see is a government shutdown,” Collins said.
“So I think the House is going to go ahead and vote on it.”