With her approval already at an “all-time low,” Senator Susan Collins does not want Mainers to know that after voting against the Affordable Care Act in the first place, she voted at least a dozen times to repeal or directly undermine the law, which would gut protections for pre-existing conditions. Senator Collins also wrote her own proposal that would raise costs for people with pre-existing conditions and signed on to a legal brief arguing the law should be overturned.
Senator Collins also cast a decisive vote for the Republican tax giveaway that opened the door to the current GOP lawsuit to tear down the health law -- “even though she knew it would have a bad effect” on Mainers’ care. When asked about her vote, Collins said, “Let me be clear I… would support it again today.” If that Republican lawsuit succeeds, it will jeopardize care for tens of thousands of Mainers and eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions.
Here’s Senator Collins’ real (and extensive) record of voting against Mainers’ health care:
Senator Collins Voted For H.R. 1, Which Barred The Use Of Funds To Implement Several Provisions Of The Affordable Care Act, “Severely” Limiting Its Implementation. [CQ, 3/9/11; Vote 36, H.R. 1, 3/9/11; Washington Examiner, 3/15/14]
Senator Collins Voted For An Amendment To The FY 2012 Labor, HHS And Education Spending Bill That Would Bar Funds From Being Used To Implement The Affordable Care Act. [Senate Appropriations Committee Mark Up, 112th Cong. 1st Sess., S. 1599, 9/21/11]
Senator Collins Cosponsored A Jim DeMint Bill To Repeal The Entire ACA, Including Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions, Without A Replacement. [S. 192, Introduced 1/26/11; Collins Cosponsored 1/31/11]
Senator Collins Was An Original Cosponsor Of A Ted Cruz Bill To Repeal The Entire ACA, Including Protections For Those With Pre-Existing Conditions, Without A Replacement. [S. 177, Introduced 1/29/13; Collins Cosponsored, 1/29/13]
Senator Collins Voted In Favor Of S. Con. Res. 11, The Senate Budget Resolution, Which “Would Repeal The Affordable Care Act.” [CQ, 3/27/15; Vote 135, S. Con. Res. 11, 3/27/15; New York Times, 3/27/15]