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Snowe, Collins back lawsuit challenging health-care law
Washington Post ^ | 11/22/10 | Matt DeLong

Posted on 11/22/2010 1:48:00 PM PST by FTJM

The Portland (Maine) Press-Herald reports that both of Maine's senators -- Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins -- are signing on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health-care law.

The brief was initiated by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and boasts the signatures of 30 Senate Republicans. The lawsuit was brought by the attorneys general for several states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small-business trade organization.

At issue is a requirement that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance beginning in 2014 or face a fine -- known as the "individual mandate."

As the lone Republican on the Senate Finance Committee who voted to move the bill -- which at the time included an individual mandate (though Snowe made clear then that she didn't support that provision) -- to the full Senate last year, Snowe was the only Republican senator who supported the bill at any stage. She did not vote for final passage of the bill in March. Snowe and Collins are widely viewed as two of a dwindling number of GOP moderates remaining in Congress.

Snowe is up for reelection in 2012, and Maine tea party groups have already pledged to mount a primary challenge. Snowe is no doubt taking the threat seriously, considering the Maine GOP adopted a tea party-backed platform this year and Paul LePage, a combative conservative candidate who promised to tell President Obama to "go to hell," won the state's gubernatorial race in November. Collins faces reelection in 2014.

UPDATE: In an interview last year with Karen Tumulty -- then of TIME and now of The Post -- Snowe voiced opposition to the individual mandate on affordability grounds, but didn't say anything about the provision's constitutionality.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: collins; snowe

1 posted on 11/22/2010 1:48:03 PM PST by FTJM
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To: FTJM
Evidently Oly and Suzy can smell the Tea!
2 posted on 11/22/2010 1:49:28 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The people who hate Sarah Palin hate her because they know that her Presidency is inevitable.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Yes they can, and they can also see 2012 from DC!


3 posted on 11/22/2010 1:54:26 PM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: FTJM

Behold His Mighty Hand! These fools have seen that the Red Sea has been parted and those tidal waves are going to come crashing down in 2012.

Now where is that picture of Heston opening the Red Sea in the 10 Commandments!


4 posted on 11/22/2010 1:55:17 PM PST by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: FTJM

There is hope for Maine yet, and getting rid of Snowe and Collins will turn that hope into positive change.


5 posted on 11/22/2010 1:58:09 PM PST by pallis
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To: pallis

The only way Maine will replace them is to stick two Democrats in their place.


6 posted on 11/22/2010 2:00:42 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

In that case, more power to those Democrats. Between Dem and Dem Lite, why bother with Dem Lite?


7 posted on 11/22/2010 2:05:54 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: AppyPappy

I don’t know about only way out being democrats... one or both of them helped bring the whole Health Care bill to a vote and my friends up there are not forgiving on that note at all! Many still really ticked and joining the lawsuit now looks like the joke that it is — I think people are waking up all over, even in the great blue of Maine!


8 posted on 11/22/2010 2:06:59 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: GizzyGirl

Good.


9 posted on 11/22/2010 2:08:15 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (I'm not Anti-Obama - I'm Pro-America)
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To: TheCause

10 posted on 11/22/2010 2:09:44 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Feeling good about government, is like looking on the bright side of a catastrophe." P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: FTJM

I love the smell of fear in a RINO...smells like vict’ry.

Colonel, USAFR


11 posted on 11/22/2010 2:15:24 PM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: pallis

There is no hope for Maine

The witches are but symptoms of the socialist problem


12 posted on 11/22/2010 2:17:18 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Just wondering..for the time they’ve BOTH been in the Senate, ahve they ever voted differently on any major bill? Anyone know?


13 posted on 11/22/2010 2:17:51 PM PST by ken5050 (Palin/Bachman 2012 - FOUR boobs are better than the two we have now!)
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To: AppyPappy

Unfortunately, you are correct. Those 2 hags will never learn.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 2:18:56 PM PST by max americana
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To: FTJM

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15 posted on 11/22/2010 2:19:51 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: FTJM
Snowe and Collins are widely viewed as two of a dwindling number of GOP moderates remaining in Congress.

Hallelujah!

Collins faces reelection in 2014.

Cool! She and Lady Linda Grahamensty can experience political death at the same time.

16 posted on 11/22/2010 2:26:59 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: jagusafr

Actually, in this case, it smells like the soiled panties of two old dames from Maine.


17 posted on 11/22/2010 2:27:03 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: FTJM

My senators. The twins better wake up and smell the tea or their careers are history and they know it.


18 posted on 11/22/2010 2:28:06 PM PST by VeeP22
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To: FTJM

They can back it if they want, but it is too little too late for Snowe. Her vote was the lone conser vative vote that moved the healthcare bill out of committee to begin with.

There is a large, energetic group in Maine, with time on their hands and money to spend when it comes to kicking her sorry ass out of office next election cycle.


19 posted on 11/22/2010 2:29:24 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: FTJM

So, moderates Snowe and Collins sign on to the Obamacare challenge...and the guy many are pushing for president, Chris Christie, is still silent on the matter. Interesting...


20 posted on 11/22/2010 2:29:49 PM PST by Qbert
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To: GizzyGirl

Not that “blue” anymore. We now have a Republican Gov.


21 posted on 11/22/2010 2:31:48 PM PST by VeeP22
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To: FTJM

Even a blind pig (in this case two pigs) finds a truffle once in awhile.


22 posted on 11/22/2010 2:32:33 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: bert
Well, there is this from National Review:

Olympia Snowe is getting a challenger - and soon

And Repubicans won both the state legislature and the governor's office this time around.

Maybe, just maybe...

23 posted on 11/22/2010 2:34:32 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: FTJM

A court decision would be the quickest way to stop Obamacare.


24 posted on 11/22/2010 2:34:40 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: GizzyGirl
one or both of them helped bring the whole Health Care bill to a vote

"As the lone Republican on the Senate Finance Committee who voted to move the bill -- which at the time included an individual mandate (though Snowe made clear then that she didn't support that provision) -- to the full Senate last year, Snowe was the only Republican senator who supported the bill at any stage. She did not vote for final passage of the bill in March. Snowe and Collins are widely viewed as two of a dwindling number of GOP moderates remaining in Congress."

25 posted on 11/22/2010 2:35:22 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: VeeP22

You also have two Republican Senators.

That means quantity, but not quality


26 posted on 11/22/2010 2:37:17 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: FTJM

Snowe voted for it, didn’t she?


27 posted on 11/22/2010 2:41:45 PM PST by blondee123 (REPEAL OBAMACARE, NO NEW TAXES, NO NEW SPENDING!)
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To: SeeSac

What a Snowe Job.


28 posted on 11/22/2010 2:46:56 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: FTJM

Too Late! You ugly Hags!

You can slap lipstick on a pig....


29 posted on 11/22/2010 2:50:28 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
In that case, more power to those Democrats. Between Dem and Dem Lite, why bother with Dem Lite?

But they're not Dem lite.

They are liberal Republicans, yes, but they are not communists - and their replacements will be.

30 posted on 11/22/2010 2:52:45 PM PST by Jim Noble (It's the tyranny, stupid!)
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To: FTJM

OLYMPIA SNOWE IS PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEALTH CARE FIASCO. SHE VOTED TO MOVE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE KNOWING IT WOULD PASS IF IT HIT THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE. SHE GAVE BEN NELSON POLITICAL COVER SINCE HE IS A RAT IN A RED STATE.

SNOWE AND COLLINS MUST BE PURGED!!!!!!!!!


31 posted on 11/22/2010 3:20:23 PM PST by SC_Pete (The)
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To: FTJM

stay focused folks. we are winning.


32 posted on 11/22/2010 3:24:46 PM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: bert

Unfortunately you’re right, but it’s a step in the right direction, and at least the dem governor was finally sent packing.


33 posted on 11/22/2010 3:34:13 PM PST by VeeP22
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To: SC_Pete

Yep.


34 posted on 11/22/2010 3:40:22 PM PST by FTJM
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To: definitelynotaliberal
Exactly!...Had Snow held her ground as a republican...IT WOULD HAVE NEVER MADE IT OUT OF COMMITEE...(they needed 1 Republican vote)

Instead, she got it out of committee knowing full well it would pass with the Dems and she could take false cover by voting against it!!!

Shes a “Stealth Democrat”...always has been

35 posted on 11/22/2010 4:40:49 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: definitelynotaliberal

“In that case, more power to those Democrats. Between Dem and Dem Lite, why bother with Dem Lite?”

Easy, they both voted to put Roberts and Alito on the bench. I have difficulty thinking of how we’d be better off with Dems in those seats.


36 posted on 11/22/2010 5:17:14 PM PST by BobL (The whole point of being human is knowing when the party's over.)
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To: pallis

Snowe is responsible for this health care bill getting out of the Senate. It’s too dang late to flip flop now, Rinopig traitor.


37 posted on 11/22/2010 5:39:57 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: FTJM

Nothing like a big win by conservatives to shove a re-bar up the spine of a RINO!


38 posted on 11/23/2010 4:30:45 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: FTJM

this might bode well for them holding firm against DREAM act


39 posted on 11/23/2010 8:56:09 AM PST by Uncledave
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