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Watch: A conversation on health care's biggest challenges feat. Sen. Manchin and Sen. Cassidy

Wednesday morning, Axios hosted a conversation on health care's biggest challenges, including the opioid crisis, and how to tackle them. We spoke with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), chief medical officer at HHS Vanila Singh and Huntington, West Virginia, Mayor Steve Williams.

Joe Manchin supports Susan Collins 2020 re-election bid

Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin made a rare move on Thursday breaking with his party by endorsing embattled Republican Sen. Susan Collins' 2020 re-election bid, saying he would travel to Maine to campaign for her if asked, and it "would be an absolute shame" for "America to lose someone like Susan Collins."

Why it matters: Collins, who cast the decisive vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last year, is one of the most vulnerable Republican senators seeking re-election. Democrats are targeting her seat following their increasingly strong showing in the state. Manchin and Collins are among few remaining moderate senators.