When asked if she would support an effort to repeal the law Collins said:
“You know at this point, I think we’re past that. I think it would’ve been much better if there’d been a bipartisan bill crafted in 2008 that had provisions that both parties could agree on, such as prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
I think at this stage what we should do is a number of bills that would fix flaws in Obamacare. I think we’re past the point of being able to repeal the bill altogether.”
Collins continued saying, that there are many good things about the law, but that there are provisions of the law which she thinks should be changed such as the definition of a full-time employee. Collins stated that she has proposed a bill that would amend the law to define a full-time worker as one who works at least 40 hours per week.
Senator Collins once again trotted out the Republican claim that employers are reducing the hours of their workers to avoid having to provide healthcare insurance for them, although several studies have found that this is simply not true. She said that one of Maine’s “larger school systems” has limited its substitute teachers to 29 hours of work a week to avoid providing health insurance, reducing the pay of the substitutes and creating instability in the classroom.
That sounds more like an consequence of Republicans than Obamacare.
“I know employers who have 48, 49 employees,” she continued, “and they are providing health insurance for their employees, but they’re not going to hire that 50th employee or much less more because because all of the other mandates of Obamacare come into play.”
Oh really? If a business refuses to expand to handle increased demand, then that business will fail. Business 101.
Watch Collins admit that we have passed the point where repeal is an option below.