October 13th, 2009
12:59 PM ET
12 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. zago

    Courage Mrs Snowe! There should have been more on the other side who side with the poor and the American people rather than with big companies for electoral financing. Thanks for your vote and God bless you

    October 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Crock

    Please Senator Snow...include your trigger for the plan...it is worth trying to keep the health insurance industry honest...or is that an oxymoron?

    October 13, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. fellow from chicago

    What a shock; the 61st Democratic senator is going to vote along her party lines.

    October 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. James

    But not for the public option. Sorry Snowe, this won't save you.

    October 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Bill

    Thanks for selling our country up the river. We are writing checks without any money in the bank. It is that simple. We must learn as a country to live within our means. We must do it as individuals and as a country.

    October 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Sue

    She better know what the he– she is DOING!!! Has she even read the non-written thesis yet!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. RealityKing

    There's nothing conservative about Oylmpia Snowe..

    October 13, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Bluebonnet

    Traitor!!! Democrat in Republican clothes!! Turn in your Republican badge, you traitorous woman!

    October 13, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Brandon

    OMG. A republican with some common sense. It truly is a miracle.

    October 13, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Jane/Seattle

    Good and now the Democrats need to work hard to get Universal Healthcare under Medicaid passed. You all need to get this right as we are counting on you. why not seek some other campaign cash sources? This will be a total betrayal IF YOU GIVE IN AND GIVE THESE PROFITEERS ANYTHING! if you try to keep that 401 clause regarding fining us who cannot NOW afford Care, then we will ALL know who you actually work for here. Do You Hear us? You had better or we may just revolt against this elitist rule you think is fooling us now! Non-Violence is the Way, but this government does not understand this idea much. Figure it out!

    October 13, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. vicki

    Thank you Sen. Olympia and thank you very much.

    October 13, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. PT

    Yea! Someone representing us who has sense!

    October 13, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Patrick

    While I am against this plan I applaud Snowe for standing up to her own party.

    October 13, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. mary

    God Bless you.

    October 13, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Tony L

    The Partisan Repubs are inviting more trouble for themselves in the next election with siding with corrupt insurance companies. It's time for GOP to side for the benefit of the whole nation instead of a few executives in the health care industry.
    We are the only nation in all the western countries, where there in NO HEALTH CARE policy for Americans. Our health care policies are for the benefit of the insurance companies profits only.

    October 13, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Dave Stewart

    Finally, an intelligent Republican

    October 13, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Margo

    I'm proud of Senator Snowe....she's NOT goose-stepping with the rest of the Republicans. She's a slef-thinker. Good for her!

    October 13, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Jane

    Food for thought. For all you who say heathcare is a right and not a privilege, how do you justify your government punishing you with a monetary penalty for not "buying" health insurance??? If it's a "right" shouldn't it be free??? Makes no sense–if you can't buy it now how do you expect the money tree to rain on people to allow them to buy it next month??? There is flawed logic here.
    Unfortunately Snow was going to vote for it anyway. Maine has high taxes and the state system they have now (Maine Care) is out of control and costs the residents $$. If the current health care bill passes everyone will be happy until the years play out and the cloak is uncovered causing us to pay through the nose. Be careful what you wish for.

    October 13, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Change In America

    Sen Snowe thanks you will get plenty of votes in your election
    could please tell the Republicans Party stop with the nonesense and
    listen to the American people we need to be bipartisian.

    Thanks Sen Snowe for doing a great job.

    October 13, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    Snowe, as usual, disappoints.

    October 13, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Thank God there at least one Republican who cares about the people of this country.

    October 13, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Eric in Denver

    WOW what a shocker a democrat voting for a democrat bill. The R next to Senator Snowe's name is a joke. First the stimulus bust now the health care bust. She will have the same fate as Senator Spector during her next re-election hopes. Term limits for all senators republican or democrat. The only way to send a message to these arrogant people is to vote them out of office.

    October 13, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Kate from PA

    That would be awesome, if the Baucus Bill didn't suck. I'm all for health care reform, but I don't think the Baucus Bill is good reform. I don't think it is the reform we need.

    October 13, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Thank you, Senator Snowe! Finally, a Republican strong enough to buck the stagnant Republican status quo! Gotta be a woman!

    October 13, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Edward Latham

    Proud to be from the State that elected Olympia Snow, Edmund S. Muskie, William Cohen and Margaret Chase Smith ... Independent thinkers all.

    October 13, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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