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Collins becomes 3rd senator to say 'no' to GOP health care bill, likely killing it

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to members of the media while attending an event in Lewiston, Maine. Collins said Sunday, Sept. 24, she finds it "very difficult" to envision backing the last-chance GOP bill repealing the Obama health care law. That likely opposition leaves the Republican drive to fulfill one of the party's premier campaign promises dangling by a thread. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Three Senate Republicans have now announced their intent to vote no on the GOP's latest health care bill, likely killing the proposal's chance of becoming law.

Sen. Susan Collins is the most recent to declare her opposition.

The Maine lawmaker said in a statement Monday that "Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can't be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target."

She also cited the Congressional Budget Office's report on the bill, writing that the analysis -- which found that "millions" of Americans would lose coverage -- "confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance."

Collins joins Arizona's Sen. John McCain and Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul as definite "no" votes on the bill authored by fellow Republicans Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Speaking on CNN earlier Monday, Cassidy was asked if Collins' no would mean the end for the bill and answered, "Yes."

While Republicans have until Saturday to pass the bill and Cassidy has announced changes in hopes of garnering favor, it appears unlikely the lawmakers will change their minds.

Collins has long expressed skepticism of the Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, raising repeated concerns about how the GOP's plans would impact Medicaid.

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