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I talked with the marketing director of the small hospital in Greenville, Maine, yesterday at lunch… She told me that the hospital is the biggest employer in town, with 180 employees, and that it relies on Medicaid for 65 percent of its revenues. It is unlikely that this community hospital could survive the cuts that are in the Senate bill.

— Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine (The New York Times: Republican support of Senate health repeal erodes during break)