Rep. Collins Says This Is Last Try At Healthcare Reform This Year

Congress will move on to tax reform after this

Richard Root
July 25, 2017 - 6:01 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The day before Senators gather in Washington to, once again, take a vote on health care, Rep. Chris Collins says this will likely be the last vote on whether to take up healthcare reform or not this year.

"I think we'll then be moving on fully to tax reform and probably won't revisit Obamacare or our replacement for probably at least a year," Collins told Varney and Company on the Fox Business Network yesterday.

Senators will vote to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare today.  Collins said that healthcare reform this year is up to the Senate today, because the House has already done what it needs to do up to this point.

Collins told Varney and Company health care reform has been a challenge.  "The Democrats under Schumer and certainly in the House under Pelosi have locked down to give us no help whatsoever to fix this Obamacare that is failing everyday that we look at it."

He says the next legislative item they take up, regardless of today's vote, will be tax reform.  

Collins says he believes tax reform, specifically corporate tax reform, will be less of a challenge because there are Democrats who think corporate taxes are too high.

"There is the potential of getting some Democrats to come on board, " he told the Fox Business Network. "It might not be as massive a cut as some of us would like, but if we can get those corporate rates down that money would be reinvested in jobs and the economy."

Collins made his comments before Senator John McCain announced he will be in Washington D.C. to vote today.

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