Olympia Snowe joins Democrats on health care bill

This just in from the Associated Press:

A Republican senator says she will vote for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party on President Barack Obama’s top legislative item.

Sen. Olympia Snowe kept virtually all of Washington guessing how she would vote until she announced it late in the Senate Finance Committee debate Tuesday. Until then, she told reporters, she had not even let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, in on her secret.

She told her colleagues: “When history calls, history calls” even though she had some criticism of the bill.

Democrats, aware that Snowe could be the only Republican in Congress to vote for their health care overhaul, have spent months addressing her concerns about making health care affordable and how to pay for it.

This from Politico:

She said she supports the bill with reservations, and shares the Republican concerns about how Democrats will shape the bill after it leaves the committee.

In a subtle warning, Snowe said: “My vote today is my vote today, it doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow.”

Snowe’s vote was the only mystery surrounding the vote Tuesday in the Finance Committee. Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) worked hard for Snowe’s vote, spending hours in recent days and weeks trying to allay her concerns.

He was practically speechless after Snowe finished her statement. “Thanks senator, for that thoughtful statement,” Baucus said, offering an understatement that drew chuckles from the audience in the hearing room.

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6 comments Add your comment

LanierLover

October 13th, 2009
2:18 pm

Another Lee Hawkins type Republican. RINOs!!!

RetiredSoldier

October 13th, 2009
3:09 pm

One republican vote and you will hear the media screaming at the top of their lungs, we have finally found a bipartisan bill. Hogwash, you have a liberal rino who got everything she wanted in the bill and is in favor of abortion.

It is a sad stste of affairs we find ourselves in. Particularly when in every year that benefits are paid by this bill it runs a defict.

Ira in East Lake

October 13th, 2009
4:16 pm

It is nice to see someone willing to compromise – thanks Senator Snowe.

To LL and RS: go pound sand, losers.

JD

October 13th, 2009
4:39 pm

Yippie, the GOP loses. The GOP loses. They suck, yahoo.

Yeah, I know…it sounds awfully childish. Look in the mirror.

By the way, RetiredSoldier…if you were a soldier at all, President Bush, Faux News, and the rest of the GOP of ‘02-’06 redefined the term bipartisan.

Tell you what, lets make a compromise…conservatives never get to talk about economics, taxation or the deficit again. Who raked up the bills? The GOP. Who cut taxes and said that it would generate revenue? The GOP. Whose policies are directly attributed to the economic growth from 2001-2007? The GOP (for more information on this see the three dozen or so youtube clips of the one minute speeches date 7/17/2007).

I can think of no success the GOP has had regarding the nations economy or finances. We had hundreds-of-billions in surpluses in 98, 99, and 2000. $300billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest 5%, twisted intel. on Iraq and several unfunded federal mandates later we are $9trillion in debt. Way to go supply-side econ.

Get over it losers

RetiredSoldier

October 13th, 2009
5:14 pm

Ira & JD-

My goodness why all the hate? Yes you won, ever thought about being a good winner? Was I ever a soldier, the answer is yes, infantry officer and a veteran of the first gulf war. Retired in 1996. Glad to know you appreciate soldiers and veterans so much.

What do liberals never get to talk about? Seems you forgot that part JD. You are correct about surplus in those years, thanks to a republican congress. Little things like 9/11 and two wars helped blow the budget. And yes, republicans acted like democrats and spent money like a drucken sailor, sorry, that insults sailors. Republicans deserved to be beat and where. Just like the dems in 2010.

Have a nice day.

Ira in East Lake

October 14th, 2009
4:00 pm

RS,

F you. The idea of being a good winner and a gracious loser went out the window when you and your peers began this hatefest with Bill Clinton. You reap what you sow, a-hole.

Wearing a uniform by choice warrants nothing. I don’t dislike you for it nor will I glorify you for it. Your arrogance is sad. Man up, I don’t owe you a damn thing.

PS the Army is full of pu$$ies, if you were a real man you’d be a Marine like me.