Paul LePage, Mike Pence agree on ACA repeal; Susan Collins waits for CBO

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Vice President Mike Pence meets with Maine Gov. Paul LePage to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington.

PORTLAND (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she’s “leaning against” a Republican proposal to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, despite new pressure from Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage.

Joining Vice President Mike Pence in Washington, LePage said Friday that the bill represents the “best chance” to reform the current system and to return decision-making about funding health care to the states.

LePage cited a study from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that says Maine would gain 44 percent more in funding by 2026 under the proposal by GOP Sens. Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy. The same analysis shows other states would lose ground.

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In Maine, Collins says there are lots of numbers floating around, and she’s awaiting an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office before a final decision.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, left, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks to members of the media before a meeting to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence, accompanied by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, left, speaks to members of the media before a meeting to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence, center right, accompanied by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, left, speaks to members of the media before a meeting to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington.Vice President Mike Pence, accompanied by Maine Gov. Paul LePage, left, speaks to members of the media before a meeting to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage, left, at a meeting to discuss health care and tax reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Washington.

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