View Full Version : Another GOP senator open to health care overhaul

10-14-2009, 12:16 PM
"Another RINO from Maine Votes With The Liberals !"

WASHINGTON A second Republican senator signaled Wednesday she's open to voting for sweeping health care legislation this year, putting President Barack Obama closer to a historic achievement that has eluded generations of Democratic leaders.

But Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told The Associated Press that the bill approved Tuesday by the Finance Committee needs substantial improvements to make coverage more affordable, contain costs, and protect Medicare. Nevertheless, she joined her Maine GOP colleague Sen. Olympia Snowe in endorsing the goal of far-reaching changes.

"My hope is we that can fix the flaws in the bill and come together with a truly bipartisan bill that could garner widespread support," Collins said in an interview. "I think this bill is far superior to the ones passed by the Senate (health) committee and the three House committees, but it needs substantial additional work."

The ten-year, $829 billion Finance bill was approved by the committee Tuesday on a 14-9 vote, after Snowe broke ranks with her Republican colleagues to support Chairman Max Baucus' middle-of-the-road plan.

Wednesday, Snowe tackled the most divisive issue still on the table: creation of a government insurance plan that would compete with private ones.

While emphasizing that she still opposes the so-called public option, Snowe said in a nationally broadcast interview that she could foresee a government-run plan that would "kick in" if private insurers failed to live up to expectations that they keep premiums in check.

"I think the government would have a disproportionate advantage" in the event of a government-run option, Snowe acknowledged. At the same time, she added, "I want to make sure the insurance industry performs, and that's why we eliminate many egregious practices."


10-14-2009, 12:21 PM
Not surprising. As Olympia Snowe goes, so does Susan Collins. I believe they share a brain.

10-14-2009, 01:14 PM
Why they are doing this at all is a mystery! Without spending ourselves into oblivion we could lower costs immediately and those bastards know it.

Get rid of gov mandates in the plans, buying across states and tort reform are all free to do and would work!
And what about the savings they are touting from fraud in medicare, just get rid of it before you start the damn spending!!
These rino repubs sicken me, we need more conservative types as leaders!

10-14-2009, 01:53 PM
This is not about health care reform, it never was. It is about complete control of our lives. They don't want real input on health care reform.