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Republican Senator Susan Collins Just Crossed Party Lines And Threw The GOP Directly Under The Bus

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This is a Republican I can get behind.

During a Friday morning speech, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced she will not run for governor in order to stay in the Senate and criticized Senate Republicans for, literally, closing the door on women in the healthcare discussion.

While discussing the failed, secretive efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, Collins remarked that “the Senate Republican health care bills were drafted behind closed doors — by the way it was a group of 13 men who did it, but that’s just another little issue.”

That means the five female Republican Senators, Collins,  Lisa Murkowski (AK), Joni Ernst (IA), Deb Fischer (NE), and Shelley Moore Capito (WV), were all missing from the very important conversations about healthcare for all, but especially women.

Not to focus on the fact that there are only three female Republican senators, but how in their right minds do they think it is acceptable to plan an entire country’s healthcare, of which said country’s population are 50.8% women, without including women in the planning?!

Notably, Collins and Murkowski are opposed to defunding Planned Parenthood. Collins was even a key player in the July, Obamacare repeal attempt’s failure.

Collins also said in her speech that she is very concerned about the executive orders signed Thursday as it will allow people to purchase cheap, but far less comprehensive insurance plans, and reinforced her commitment to comprehensive coverage.

“Getting health care reform right requires starting it right, with a commitment to public hearings, open negotiations, thoughtful and fact-based discussion, and a willingness to find common ground,” she said. “Surely there should be an attempt to find common ground on an issue that affects each and every one of us, as well as one-sixth of our economy.”

She is the kind of lawmaker we should be supporting. Her best interests are not in making sure her party wins the upper hand, or on the destruction of a Democratic law simply because it came from the other side, but in creating laws that will benefit all Americans – rich or poor, majority or minority, male or female, Democratic or Republican. These are the principles all lawmakers should aspire to uphold.


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