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. Barry In Las Vegas

    Snow is not a Republican. She should change her party affiliation to reflect what she really is – a Democrat.

    October 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Shelly CO

    HOORAY! A WISE and ENLIGHTENED GOPer!
    Shine on the light on the rest of them, dear God. Let the darkness diminish in their hearts and souls so they may realize what is GOOD for their citizens and humanity!

    October 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Big wow

    Big Wow. Who cares? One Republican does not bi-partisanship make.

    The Republican Party is out of control, and certainly not interested in or available for work on anything for the good of the country. Let's forget this charade and get on with the business of the American people.

    As Seth Meyers pointed out on SNL, yes, the Nobel Prize was a "call to action," and so, Mr. President, was the election.

    We won. We want the full package with the public option.

    Now that this bill has made it out of this tiny unrepresentative Senate committee, let's get together with the Democratic majority in the House and put the guts back into it, and then pass it with the "simple" majority that we have.

    October 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Caesar the Great

    1 Republican does not mean this is a bipartisan bill. And I know that everyone will scream for a public health option. I'll support that, when 100% of people pay federal taxes. The 53% are done paying and funding the other 47%.

    October 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. John

    She just signed her career good bye. It will be nice to see her in the unemployment lines just like me. Real smart to vote against the will of the people in your own state.

    October 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. single mom

    She needs to just state the obvious and say she's a Democrat. I'm not crazy about Specter's switch, but at least he was semi-honest. He wanted to keep his Senate seat. Karma is ironic because now he might have a problem with the Democrats who resent him assuming he should have what they worked their way up the party ranks for!

    Anyone else see what is going on in Britain? They've had so many cases of Parliament members claiming illegal expenses that the Prime Minister and his Conservative counter-part had to finally tell party members – pay it back or leave the party.
    Any chance we can do that here? Say for not paying taxes?

    October 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. rachel

    Just know this. If I have to pay more than a few more dollars on my health insurance I have now or if my company drops health insurance coverage that we took in lew of raises Obama will not get my vote. I am making only 34,000 I cant afford a couple hundred on health insurance and I like the coverage I have now. What is the insentive for companys to continue to offer health insurance if a public opition goes through?

    October 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Gershon Nathan

    Is she the only one or is her colleague Susan Collins joining her?

    October 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. buckwheat

    If anyone out there does not understand why our elected Congress will vote for anything to keep their jobsGoogle in "Senate And House Perks. It is a complete list of the perks we taxpayers are giving these people. You will know by reading this info that we will never have health insurance like they have. This will be moderated and eventually thrown to the dogs.That is why I send these comments to every responsible person I can to let people know how the Liberal networks censor anything that Is negative to Obama.We can stop this censorship by sending these comments to the right places and prove .Send to the ACLU and the FCC. Balance will come eventually if we don't let these Liberal New organizations take over free speech.

    October 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Fitz in Texas

    Well, with Snowe doing this at least we know she'll get voted out in the next election.

    October 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Christian Values

    We'll have to see if this is true in the end. She waffled last time. Said one thing, then did an about face hoping to fool people.

    Let's see if she simply lies for a living, like all the rest of the GOP.

    October 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. r_sheridan

    Good for you Senator. This country applauds your courage to seperate yourself from the party of "NO" and trying to move forward on this policy. If she can move this far left than democrats can move left and fight for a public option.

    October 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. joe magarzatz

    Thank you Senator Olympia. You are in the tradition of one of your predecessors–Senator Margaret Chase Smith!

    Just watch your back now. I am sure that the leader of your party–THE WIZARD OF OXYCONTIN–will be making comments about how Republican you aren't.

    October 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. zipperhead

    Did you really think this turncoat would do anything different?

    October 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    I can only hope that Sen. Snowe's decision serves as an example to other Republicans that are teetering on their own decisions, not only now, but in forthcoming legislation.

    It's good to see that there's someone among Republicans with some measure of common sense and rationality, that will truly and ultimately help to improve the lives of all Americans.

    October 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. jane

    let's just hope the bill is worth something

    October 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Republican or Democrat, it doesn't matter. How do they think we are going to pay for it and why would they want to compromise for something that increases the cost of health care? It's irresponsible and I can't begin to imagine how they justify going along with this scam. But it still will not pass.

    October 13, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. carlos, THAT one

    thank you Sen.Snowe, your intelligence isvery much appreciated, not the ignorance ofthe repugnants ugh!!!!

    October 13, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Jack

    Sen. Snowe ,

    You are the only one in the GOP think well being for the average American people, others look like they are in pockets of Insurance Co. You are going to make history, because of your heartiest support all American will enjoy health care. Keep up the good work ask other GOP to support if they want to re elect in the next election .......

    October 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. judy

    The smartest woman Republican, or perhaps the only smart Republican!!

    October 13, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Frisky

    Thank God for courage.

    October 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Reginald Smith

    Good to hear!! Let's get this bill passed and continue down the road of reform and not rejection..It's good to see that this country still has a few Republicans with some backbone when it comes to Domestic issues..

    October 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. kirstenf.

    can someone please tell me whats in the baukus bill and when they say they will penalize those who dont buy insurance, id like to say that i dont buy insurance because i cant afford it so how can i afford to pay a penalty????please respond, i dont get it????

    October 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Otto

    Thank you Senator Snowe. You are wise and I hope you'll support the final bill even if it has the public option.

    People Voters remember this day and remember the final vote. All Republicans who does not support universal healthcare should not be re-elected.

    We would love for the voters of "NO" be sent on an old aircraft carrier into the Alantic ocean; never to return.

    October 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. klow

    Snowe is putting the Country over politics. Good for her!

    October 13, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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