Oct 16, 3:37 AM EDT

Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine called his move to halt the subsidies an immediate threat to millions of Americans who could now face rising premiums and lost health care coverage.

Collins said: "What the president is doing is affecting people's access and the cost of health care right now." Collins has cast pivotal votes on health care in the narrowly divided Senate. Her comments Sunday came amid rising attention on the bipartisan bid led by Sens. Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, to at least temporarily reinstate payments.

Congressional Republicans are divided on that plan.

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