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Key Republican says she'll vote for health bill
Marketwatch ^ | October 13, 2009 | Robert Schroeder

Posted on 10/13/2009 11:26:45 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine said Tuesday that she'd support a sweeping Senate Finance Committee bill overhauling the U.S. health-care industry, giving Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., a sought-after Republican vote on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

In highly anticipated comments on the $829 billion, 10-year bill, Snowe said the bill wasn't all she wanted.

"Far from it," she told fellow senators during what is likely to be the committee's last work session on Baucus's bill. "But when history calls, history calls, and I happen to think that the consequences of inaction dictate the urgency of Congress to demonstrate its capacity to solve the monumental issues of our time."

Baucus kicked off the committee meeting Tuesday morning, saying "now is the time to get this done," after the committee's longest bill-writing session in more than 22 years. The panel is expected to vote its final approval or rejection of the bill before the day's end.

The legislation needs 12 votes to clear the 23-member committee. If it passes, it would mark a major milestone on the road to overhauling the $2.4 trillion U.S. health-care industry. The Finance Committee's is the last of five congressional bills to be voted on. Both the Senate and House would need to pass bills for Obama to sign.

The committee's early debate reflected deep partisan divisions.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the bill grows government, puts in place the biggest expansion of Medicaid since the federal program's creation, and saddles individuals with mandates to buy insurance.

"I wish I felt better about the substance of the bill," said Grassley, the panel's top Republican.

Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., was blunter. He said the measure "adds insult to injury" by hitting people with penalties if they don't buy health insurance.

(Excerpt) Read more at marketwatch.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: baucus; crone; democrats; financecommittee; gop; healthcare; healthcarereform; healthcontrol; killgrandmacare; maxbaucus; olympiasnowe; republicans; rino; snow
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1 posted on 10/13/2009 11:26:45 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Damn that old crone. Damn her to hell!


2 posted on 10/13/2009 11:27:11 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Hussein Obama: the country's greatest firearms salesman!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Key Republican. Olympia Snowe is neither.


3 posted on 10/13/2009 11:27:59 AM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Have they voted yet? can we all call her office and tell her what we think?


4 posted on 10/13/2009 11:28:58 AM PDT by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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To: Obadiah

I personally suspect that she’s a Democrat operative.


5 posted on 10/13/2009 11:29:04 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Hussein Obama: the country's greatest firearms salesman!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She is not a “Key Republican” in any sense of either word


6 posted on 10/13/2009 11:29:34 AM PDT by GeronL ("On my twelfth day in office, Nobel nominated me..")
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To: Texas4ever

We could if her phones were not constantly busy. I have called her Washington office about 15 to 20 times today and have not been able to get through. But I will keep trying.


7 posted on 10/13/2009 11:30:06 AM PDT by rep-always
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To: Obadiah

Agree. “Key”..to what? Given what governmane health care has done to people in her own state you’d have figured she would have thought twice. Soomeone must have written a VERY large check to her.

But you also wonder if there will be any “Key” Democrats who defect?


8 posted on 10/13/2009 11:31:33 AM PDT by antonico
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To: Texas4ever
Have they voted yet? can we all call her office and tell her what we think?

It won't work. I've tried calling many times over the last two months but the line has been busy every time.
9 posted on 10/13/2009 11:31:41 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Let me guess, it’s Snowshoe face? Right?

Isn’t it weird how the commies in the politburo don’t sign on for the same crap they force people to?

Isn’t it obvious how this works? we are having the same scam run in Florida - You take a commie RINO, in this case Crist, the media gets behind them, they win, and then they vote with the rest of the commies. Their prize, a seat in the WDC politburo.

Snowshoe face fits the formulaic to a T. Take her out in the primary.

Help Marco Rubio if you can.


10 posted on 10/13/2009 11:31:46 AM PDT by Tarpon (Oba-Mao is a reader, not a leader ...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The bill they take up on the Senate floor won’t be this bill anyway, so what does it matter. She can vote for this, and then filibuster the Reid bill because he takes out something she wanted.

of course, I’m not at all encouraged by her “this is a bad bill, but history calls and must be answered” argument.

This is why people voted for an idiot for President, simply because he was black.


11 posted on 10/13/2009 11:32:23 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This old bit*h is not a conservative. May she rot in hell.


12 posted on 10/13/2009 11:32:40 AM PDT by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Snowe said the bill wasn’t all she wanted.....”Far from it,” she told fellow senators during what is likely to be the committee’s last work session on Baucus’s bill. “But when history calls, history calls”


so she’s not getting what she wants but will vote for it because it’s historic????

sounds like 30 million voters from last November.....effin moron....


13 posted on 10/13/2009 11:32:57 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Obadiah

History calls? Her reasoning here is so illogical it hurts my brain.


14 posted on 10/13/2009 11:33:27 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

People need to understand no one is bound by this unconstitutional legislation if it were to become law since Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution doesn’t expressly grant Congress the power to regulate health care.


15 posted on 10/13/2009 11:34:04 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I would just like to again thank blue state Montana for the “gift” that is Max Baucus. I hope the subsidies to you ranchers is worth what he is doing to this country.


16 posted on 10/13/2009 11:34:11 AM PDT by rushmom (l)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Here is an obscure portrait of Senator Snowe feeding the hungry:


17 posted on 10/13/2009 11:34:45 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Hussein Obama: the country's greatest firearms salesman!)
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To: antonico

Don’t count on it.


18 posted on 10/13/2009 11:34:46 AM PDT by rushmom (l)
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To: Man50D

WELL I GUESS THEY ARE GOING TO IGNORE US!

how can we get their attention? Without the phone?


19 posted on 10/13/2009 11:35:15 AM PDT by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
You would think Snowe was the new leader of the Republican party.
Watch out Rush, you have a contender LOL
20 posted on 10/13/2009 11:35:18 AM PDT by MaxMax (Obama can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: Texas4ever

I can’t, not if I want to stay out of prison.


21 posted on 10/13/2009 11:36:27 AM PDT by Gator113 (Obamba, Reid, Pelosi, the socialist triad.)
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To: Obadiah

Key? HAHAHAHA....

Only in the minds of leftists.


22 posted on 10/13/2009 11:36:32 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

if she wants a front-row seat to history calling, just go ahead and pass this thing and see what happens


23 posted on 10/13/2009 11:36:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrB

Isn’t there a way to make her a non-key republican?


24 posted on 10/13/2009 11:37:33 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: Gator113

i had to tun off the t.v. I CANT STAND GIBBY, He has gotten more and more full of himself...he thinks he is a comedian now....Could we just go right to 2012!!!


25 posted on 10/13/2009 11:38:57 AM PDT by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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To: Cyclone59

I’d rather a democrat had her seat.
It would make no difference in the way the seat voted,
and the left couldn’t use her as a “bi-partisan” foil.


26 posted on 10/13/2009 11:39:35 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What is she voting FOR? How can anyone vote on a bill that they have not read?

For all the good it does us, the perverts, liars and thieves would do us all a favor if they sent their pet dogs to do their job! The dogs wouldn’t even have to be alive to do a better job.


27 posted on 10/13/2009 11:40:10 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The RATs will now be able to call their socialist health care program a bipartisan bill. Thanks for stabbing us in the back Snowe. Not that you give a damn.


28 posted on 10/13/2009 11:40:13 AM PDT by DFG (1 useless man is called a disgrace, 2 are called a law firm, 3 or more are called Congress)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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"RINO Twin powers activate!"

Of course the Republican party will do nothing to penalize her.

29 posted on 10/13/2009 11:40:24 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Filthy Manx. Someone take away her broom.

There.


30 posted on 10/13/2009 11:40:29 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: NTHockey

“Read”?! What they’re voting on out of the committee has not even been written. There is no legislative language.


31 posted on 10/13/2009 11:41:44 AM PDT by rushmom (l)
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To: Vendome

I demand you leave my broom out of this!
32 posted on 10/13/2009 11:41:48 AM PDT by MaxMax (Obama can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No doubt she is serving her voters. No doubt about that at all. They will be pleased. Nothing but a cesspool of communists in Maine as far as I can tell.


33 posted on 10/13/2009 11:46:02 AM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: MrB
I’d rather a democrat had her seat. It would make no difference in the way the seat voted, and the left couldn’t use her as a “bi-partisan” foil.

You have a point. Having said that, is there any way in hell anyone but a RINO or dim could unseat her?

34 posted on 10/13/2009 11:46:17 AM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The state-run media is trumpeting this as their greatest triumph of all time.

I no longer have any faith in our system of government; it has broken down completely. As for me working hard? Forget it; I’m going Galt. Whatever I gotta do to get by, and not one ounce of effort more. And I will hide my potatoes from the commissars, too.


35 posted on 10/13/2009 11:46:55 AM PDT by henkster (0bamanomics: The "Final Solution" to America's "Prosperity Question.")
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To: NTHockey
The dogs wouldn’t even have to be alive to do a better job.

Meet Senator Snowe's replacement:

(It's Rawdy, for those of you in Rio Linda.)

36 posted on 10/13/2009 11:47:12 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Hussein Obama: the country's greatest firearms salesman!)
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To: henkster
And I will hide my potatoes from the commissars, too.

Just shove the potatoes up their tuchuses (sp?) when they come to collect.

37 posted on 10/13/2009 11:48:43 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Hussein Obama: the country's greatest firearms salesman!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Define “key”...


38 posted on 10/13/2009 11:52:53 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (Liberals are always one genocide away from Utopia.)
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39 posted on 10/13/2009 11:53:04 AM PDT by dubie (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She’s not a “key Republican”, the only reason she pretends to be, is because she couldn’t get on the DemoPervert ticket)

What she *is*, is a slit nose, sleeps with the enemy, WHORE...Who just got PAID!


40 posted on 10/13/2009 11:53:46 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She’s not a key Republican.


41 posted on 10/13/2009 11:54:26 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Texas4ever

“Could we just go right to 2012!!!”

I am soooooooo ready.


42 posted on 10/13/2009 11:54:37 AM PDT by Gator113 (Obamba, Reid, Pelosi, the socialist triad.)
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To: MaxMax
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43 posted on 10/13/2009 11:55:11 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Man50D; Texas4ever

Call her Maine offices instead....often works. Plus, you can tell them you are one of her constituents, “but your on a worksite in another state”, if you don’t happen to live in Maine....


44 posted on 10/13/2009 11:56:32 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Isn't it great....we're heading for a Free Enterpriseless society.....)
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To: MaxMax

Thank God you aren’t wearing that pointy hat.

Now leave my dog alone!


45 posted on 10/13/2009 11:57:49 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
dictate the urgency of Congress to demonstrate its capacity to solve the monumental issues of our time

Gibberish dosed with hubris - Snowe is expert at this sort of nonsense.

Nearly everything that Congress meddles in, it ruins.

46 posted on 10/13/2009 12:02:25 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: dubie

47 posted on 10/13/2009 12:12:58 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Hussein Obama: the country's greatest firearms salesman!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WTF is wrong with her? The demise of our great country is near! I feel like I’m getting an industrial broomstick shoved right up my ass. It’s painful and there seems no hope of extraction! Damn our Congress! A plague on them all!


48 posted on 10/13/2009 12:14:31 PM PDT by Circle_Hook
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Snowe sells us out again.


49 posted on 10/13/2009 12:15:06 PM PDT by Venturer
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I feel like I’m getting an industrial broomstick shoved right up my ass.

Just remember to return it to Senator Snowe so she can get to her townhall meetings.

50 posted on 10/13/2009 12:21:24 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Barack Hussein Obama: the country's greatest firearms salesman!)
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