June 29, 2017 / 4:26 PM / 21 days ago

Collins says Senate healthcare bill needs "major overhaul" -MSNBC

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WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) - Republican Senator Susan Collins, a moderate who has opposed the Senate's draft healthcare bill, said on Thursday the legislation needs a "major overhaul" and that it would be better to work with Democrats toward a compromise.

"From my perspective, the bill needs a lot more than tweaking or tinkering around the edges," Collins told MSNBC. "It needs a major overhaul."

Collins said she had conversations with several Democrats who are wiling to negotiate on healthcare but had been discouraged by their leadership from doing so. "But I hope after we get past this stage that we can sit down and negotiate a bill," she said. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Susan Heavey)

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