President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is distracting from work in the Senate on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, says Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP resists calls for special prosecutor after Comey firing Overnight Healthcare: ObamaCare uncertainty drives premium increases | Aetna leaves last ObamaCare market | CBO score for House bill two weeks away Overnight Energy: In surprise, Senate fails to repeal methane rule MORE (R-Maine).
“I think he already has,” Collins told reporters in response to a question about whether Comey could become a distraction.
The Senate has begun working on a healthcare bill separate from the legislation passed by the House last week intended to replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Senators have said they are starting from scratch and will take as much time as they need.
Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynOvernight Energy: In surprise, Senate fails to repeal methane rule GOP centrist: FBI firing distracting from healthcare work GOP senators on Comey firing: Where they stand MORE (R-Texas) has said he expects the bill to be finished before the end of the year. But time is limited, especially with a summer recess and government funding deadlines looming in the fall.
Collins, one of the Senate’s moderates and the author of her own separate healthcare bill, could be a major player as discussions move forward.
GOP centrist: FBI firing distracting from healthcare work