October 13th, 2009
12:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Snowe to vote for Finance Committee health care bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said Tuesday that she will vote for the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill.


Filed under: Health care • Olympia Snowe
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. New Father

    WSJ – 'States of Personal Priviledge' is this still part of the bill she voted for – Nevada federal government ie. taxpayers will pay all of Nevads additional expenses for next 5 years. Oregon, Rhode Island, and Michigan also gets funded by the other 46 states. 40% tax on "luxury" plans unless you live in New York where union benefits don't taxed until the plan cost around 20% more. So much for equal rights. Great plan unless you live in the other 30 plus states who will have to pay for it. The good news is the taxes start soon, while nothing changes until after the 2012 election. Wonder why that is?

    October 13, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Haha...as much as I hate the bill for not containing a significant public option, I'm still going to laugh at her political crucifixion by her own party. I'll be a wonderful display of the GOP's unworthiness to be considered anything but disgusting.

    October 13, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. jt

    lamar alexander threatens a revolt if the reconciliation option is used?

    what does that mean? the repubs aren't going to support obama's legislative goals? they are going to vote party line against democratic legislation? they are going to become obstructionists?

    what a joke. the republicans are useless for progress at this point. they can't point to votes to continue to send young americans to die in two wars and say they are willing to negotiate and support the administration.

    October 13, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Bubble of Sanity

    This is the "Key Republican" you were talking about? Give me a break. She's not even in the top 90 percent.

    October 13, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Chris D.

    Bravo Se. Snowe, rare form.

    October 13, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. John

    BAD decision Ms Snow. This coming from an independent who wants health care reform This bill stinks as it has been presented. It is not worth it the way it is.

    October 13, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    One vote represents bi-partisanship in 2009.

    But what can you expect from a party, whose leader publicly stated that "b-partisanship is over-rated"?

    October 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    May as well. The health insurance companies are going to raise their rates no matter what happens.

    October 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. ran

    Good for her; but this does not make for bipartisanism.

    The republicans as a whole will never endorse this or any other issue that will help the people or Democrats.

    I say go for single payer non-profit universal health care now and let the chips fall where they will.

    It is clear were the for profit insurance companies are at by their most recent fear tactics. And The Republicans will never help this President.

    October 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Too little, too late...BUH BYE!

    October 13, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Nini

    What a shame. A huge mistake that I hope she pays for in the next election.

    October 13, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Reatte Beaumont Texas

    maybe she will get kicked out like the rest of congress needs to get kicked out of the capital sad day for america welcome to government health care and hope you guys like it when you have to wait for a member of congress tells you if you can have that medicine or if you can have a life saving test to see if your life is worth saving if your not over 55 years of age

    GOD HELP US ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. Tree

    Traitor. She needs to get ousted from her Senator position.

    October 13, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Time to vote her out. She's too willing to double the cost of healthcare for Americans in any State.

    October 13, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Deb

    A true congresswoman. Thanks Senator Snowe for having your own mind....and not the mind of the Republicans anrgy white men.

    October 13, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Lillie

    A Republican with some sense!! Thank you, Sen. Snowe!ve!!!

    October 13, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Mark

    There goes her reelection! Why do you think so many democrats wont vote yes!

    October 13, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. munchmom

    And what did Obama promise her??????

    October 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. DC

    Why doesn't she just change over to a Democrat already??

    October 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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