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Collins Says She'll Wait for CBO Analysis Before Making Decision On Cassidy-Graham Bill

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Alex Brandon
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with reporters before heading into a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in Washington.

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Thursday that she has many reservations about the Cassidy-Graham bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but she hasn't yet decided whether to support or reject the legislation.

Collins said first she wants to see the Congressional Budget Office's analysis, due out early next week. “I‘ve been reluctant to take a final position on this bill because I have been given numbers that are widely divergent,” Collins said Thursday morning, at an event in Augusta.

Collins said among her concerns are the bill's caps on benefits and its potential loopholes. She said she's seen several analyses of the bill, but the only assessment she truly trusts is due to come from the Congressional Budget Office on Monday.