Media reports suggest the tide may be turning in favor of the Democrats’ efforts to push through a sweeping healthcare reform, as another GOP senator has said she may vote for it.
Susan Collins, the junior Republican senator from Maine, said on Wednesday that "the status quo is unacceptable," and signaled her intention to lend her support in the efforts spearheaded by congressional Democrats, WMTW.com reported.
However, she echoed many of her GOP colleagues by saying she is still concerned that the pieces of legislation passed in five different committees fail to ensure greater affordability for American families and small businesses, and may lead to higher costs.
Collins also spoke against the so-called public option for health insurance that would compete with private companies.
The senator has thus joined her senior colleague from Maine, Olympia Snowe, who was the only Republican voting in favor of the bill proposed by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.
That move earned her praise from President Obama who spoke of her "political courage" for crossing the party lines during a press conference in the Rose Garden following Tuesday’s vote.