February 24th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
7 years ago

Snowe, Lincoln call for bipartisan push on health care reform

Washington (CNN) – Two Senate moderates are teaming up in a bipartisan push for health care reform.

"We remain convinced that convening a bipartisan group of Members who are committed to reform is essential if we are to breathe new life into the broken health care reform process and rebuild confidence that our government is able to set aside partisan bickering and achieve meaningful results for working families facing enormous health care insecurity," Sens. Olympia Snowe , R-Maine, and Blanche Lincoln, D-Arkansas, said in a statement issued Wednesday. "No one party or ideology carries a monopoly on ideas – our constituents do not care if a workable solution comes from Democrats or Republicans."

"Legislation designed to help small businesses provide health care coverage to their employees should be a starting point for building a larger health care reform bill with bipartisan support," Snowe and Lincoln also said.

The "bill could pass with bipartisan support, alongside other broadly supported health insurance reforms. These might include requiring greater cost transparency from insurance companies, commonsense malpractice reforms, and allowing young people to stay on their parents' coverage until age 26. We believe that it is possible to take these critical first steps and to do so in a transparent and bipartisan manner."

The move by Snowe and Lincoln to push for bipartisanship comes a day before the White House's health care summit where President Obama will hold a daylong, televised meeting with congressional leaders from both parties.

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Filed under: Blanche Lincoln • Health care • Olympia Snowe • Senate
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. rob

    And if we can't get bi partisanship, we will get this passed through reconciliation. Enough of the nonsense already. Stick a fork in it already. This is so done. Let's move on please, or you will ALL get fired soon for non performance... All Repub's, Dems, and you too Mr. President.

    February 24, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Publico

    At last some responsibility. Lets put the spotlight on and isolate the obstructionists like Demint and company.

    February 24, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. aware

    You can't pour new wine into an old wineskin or patch an old wineskin with new patches. The wineskin will burst!

    You need a new wineskin so kill the bill and start fresh with authentic bipartisanship! 🙂

    February 24, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. gwen from Ohio

    60% of Americans want a public option – more would want it if they understood it and weren't scared to death by the lies the republicans throw around!!! The only way to cut cost and to keep premiums affordable is to offer a second option to traditional insurance – a public option – option meaning you can chose it if you want!!! The same people that are fighting the public option saying it will be socialism and destroy the country are the same people and arguments that they through at medicare 40 years ago!!! PUBLIC OPTION NOW!!!

    February 24, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. gt

    lincoln is toast..dont really matter what she says anyway...

    February 24, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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