Susan Collins urges AG William Barr to defend Obamacare and not ‘bypass Congress’

April 1, 2019

Sen. Susan Collins sent a letter Monday to Attorney General William P. Barr pushing for him to reconsider the decision to strike down the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“Rather than seeking to have the courts invalidate the ACA, the proper route for the administration to pursue would be to propose changes to the ACA or to once again seek its repeal. The administration should not attempt to use the courts to bypass Congress,” the Maine Republican wrote in her letter.

Ms. Collins was one of three Republican senators who prevented their party’s “skinny” repeal of Obamacare in 2017, joining Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and late-Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

The Trump administration said last Monday the entire ACA, also known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, due to Congress’ decision to gut the “individual mandate” to hold insurance. President Trump has said in recent days that the GOP will be known as “the party of health care.”