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Snowe: President thought opposition to health law would eventually fade away
The Hill ^ | 5/20/2013 | Alexander Bolton

Posted on 05/21/2013 2:10:03 AM PDT by markomalley

President Obama believed that opposition to his healthcare reform law would fade after the 2010 election, according to former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

Obama courted Snowe’s support in an attempt to make the bill bipartisan. He assured her GOP opposition to the law would be short-lived, she said.

“He thought the opposition to it would lessen after the [2010] election. I said, ‘It’s just the beginning.’ I said, ‘It’s going to grow because I can tell you it’s not going to go away and it’s going to get worse,’” Snowe said in a radio interview moderated by Julie Mason, host of SiriusXM’s Press Pool.

Snowe was invited to participate in the new series, “SiriusXM Leading Ladies.”

Obama locked his attention on the centrist Snowe to the exclusion of other members of the Senate Republican Conference.

He invited her to the White House for a lengthy one-on-one meeting and later followed up with a half-hour phone call, according to a New York Times report from December 2009.

Snowe ultimately spurned Obama’s entreaties. She voted for a version of the measure in the Senate Finance Committee but opposed it on the floor. The Maine senator told the president that public opinion would further sour “because of the implementation problems, which would just exacerbate and aggravate the opposition and those who were opposed to it to begin with.”

Snowe, who was one of three Republicans who backed the 2009 stimulus package, retired from the upper chamber at the beginning of this year.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; democrats; maine; obama; obamacare; olympiasnowe; siriusxm; socialisthealthcare; zerocare

1 posted on 05/21/2013 2:10:03 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

He also thought that he was a real law professor, that you could run a superpower from a golf course steam room or courtside at an NBA game, that Jim Messina wasn’t creepy and that Michelle was a hottie.


2 posted on 05/21/2013 2:15:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: markomalley

Once again, this goes to show that on the most fundamental level Obama does not understand America.


3 posted on 05/21/2013 2:29:47 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: Obadiah

“Once again, this goes to show that on the most fundamental level Obama does not understand America.”

That’s right; he understands the smaller number of “takers” while completely ignorant about the “makers” who make up the majority of this country. He did understand enough to get elected twice (though it is now official that he had some heavy-handed help for 2012).


4 posted on 05/21/2013 2:44:38 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: markomalley
“He thought the opposition to it would lessen after the [2010] election. I said, ‘It’s just the beginning.’ I said, ‘It’s going to grow because I can tell you it’s not going to go away and it’s going to get worse,’” Snowe said in a radio interview moderated by Julie Mason, host of SiriusXM’s Press Pool.

If Snowe is that gullible, then it is time for the old Senator to retire, IMO. She is another who did not read or comprehend the implications of socialized medicine.

5 posted on 05/21/2013 2:53:47 AM PDT by olezip
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To: Obadiah; kearnyirish2

“...doesn’t understand America...” You mean all 57 states?


6 posted on 05/21/2013 3:00:32 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: markomalley
She voted for a version of the measure in the Senate Finance Committee

And never forget, it was HER vote that got us Obamacare. The Finance Committee adopted rules which required at least one Republican vote in order for the bill to advance to the Senate Floor. She provided that vote against all other Republican members saying it was her "feeling" that the President's bill "deserved" a full vote. Had she voted against the bill in committee, we would not have Obamacare today! She knew exactly what was going to be the end result and voted against the bill on the floor only for political cover!

7 posted on 05/21/2013 3:07:30 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew Obfuscation)
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To: olezip

She did retire. Got replaced by an independent (dem), so no real change.


8 posted on 05/21/2013 3:08:42 AM PDT by mirkwood
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To: TexasRedeye

and we can epect the RINO’s to keep doing the same things


9 posted on 05/21/2013 3:09:32 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: markomalley
It was HER vote on a crucial Senate Committee that allowed ObamaCare to get to the floor for a vote.
10 posted on 05/21/2013 3:25:04 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Obadiah

Spot on. He is incredibly obtuse. After 5 years, there are so many of the same old straw man speeches and arguments. And if all else fails, the race card. He refuses to consider another point of view and refuses to listen to the opposition. There is never room for compromise with this guy, only my way or the highway. And wish he’d take the latter.


11 posted on 05/21/2013 3:39:10 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: kearnyirish2
it is now official that he had some heavy-handed help for 2012

We need to repeat this over and over again. Stolen election. Disenfranchisement of millions. Completely illegitimate.

12 posted on 05/21/2013 3:43:14 AM PDT by motor_racer (Pete, do you ever get tired, of the driving?)
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To: markomalley

He thought that because he loaded all the “goodies” up front and backloaded the pain. Well, the time for the pain is here and no one is going to like it.

I have a liberal friend who voted for Obama and was very vocal about the need for Obamacare. Gueess what? Her work hours just got cut due to Obamacare. She’s screaming like a bansshee, but I have absolutely no sympathy for her.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 3:46:35 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: markomalley

“Obama thought”

Now that’s funny right there.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 3:49:16 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Post of the day.


15 posted on 05/21/2013 3:57:17 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

He blames the IRS for not getting the opposition in prison fast enough.

Thanks markomalley.


16 posted on 05/21/2013 4:01:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: TexasRedeye

Is she trying to change her Progressive legacy?

She helped give us Obamacare, what is this BS she is spouting now?


17 posted on 05/21/2013 4:08:44 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: markomalley

Don’t ever forget, this is the mother of Obamacare speaking. Her “swing” vote got it out of committee and onto then fully controlled Democrat floors of the house and senate? She owns this monstrosity.


18 posted on 05/21/2013 4:09:20 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ( EVERY DIME Obama Spends is given to him by the Republicans in the House.)
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To: markomalley

Snowe, you are Yella!


19 posted on 05/21/2013 4:17:34 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: olezip

Did you read a couple of lines down?

She didn’t vote for Obamacare.


20 posted on 05/21/2013 4:32:33 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: autumnraine

She voted to bring it to the floor, she could have killed it in committee.

I think that is what the poster was saying.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 4:33:16 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: TexasRedeye

Bingo!!

OLYMPIA SNOWE IS THE SOLE REASON WE HAVE OSAMACARE TODAY!!
Her 1 vote let it out of committee!!!!!!!!

She was for it......before she was against it!


22 posted on 05/21/2013 4:33:41 AM PDT by M-cubed
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To: TexasRedeye

Your comment is Right On! This old bat is the reason our Country is suffering under CommieCare. Yeah, only a RINO would state that “it deserves a look.”


23 posted on 05/21/2013 4:33:59 AM PDT by fishnuts2 (Liberals are anything except liberal.)
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To: Obadiah
this goes to show that on the most fundamental level Obama does not understand America

Well, that remains to be seen.

His use of czars instead of properly appointed and confirmed officials, the idea of working the IRS through union leaders and shop stewards instead of the official chain of command, his wholesale replacement of our O-8 and O-9 officers, his command of the Fed through family relationships - if he is not removed by the political organs, I would say that he understood us very, very well - perhaps better than you or I have understood us.

24 posted on 05/21/2013 4:39:21 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

Actually, I think you are referring to Valerie Jarrett.


25 posted on 05/21/2013 4:44:26 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: mirkwood

Replaced by Angus King, a crony millionaire Democratmoonbat who runs as Independent. Reminds me of California’s Jerry Brown. Gone to Washington to feather his neck.


26 posted on 05/21/2013 4:56:38 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: markomalley

Well golly gee, Olympia, thanks so much for helping the democrats with your “aye” vote in committee!!


27 posted on 05/21/2013 5:12:20 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: GeronL

Ohhhh


28 posted on 05/21/2013 5:20:19 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: rbg81
I have a liberal friend who voted for Obama and was very vocal about the need for Obamacare. Gueess what? Her work hours just got cut due to Obamacare. She’s screaming like a bansshee, but I have absolutely no sympathy for her.

I hope that you have said so. If it were me, I certainly would have.

29 posted on 05/21/2013 5:33:36 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: markomalley

Olympia Snowe is politically astute. Who knew?


30 posted on 05/21/2013 5:33:58 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: cotton1706

She believes we forgot about that


31 posted on 05/21/2013 5:34:10 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: rbg81

AND, let me guess - she refuses to make the connection between Obamacare and her loss of hours.


32 posted on 05/21/2013 5:37:46 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Obadiah
Once again, this goes to show that on the most fundamental level Obama does not understand America.

Once upon a time, Justice(?) Harry Blackmun thought that opposition to Roe v Wade would be short lived, petering out within 5 years after the decision. It obviously did not. Did Blackmun, likewise not understand America?

the infowarrior

33 posted on 05/21/2013 5:50:15 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: infowarrior
Did Blackmun, likewise not understand America?

Obviously he did not. But more to your inference, Obama does not fundamentally understand America. Blackmun was a leftist who did not understand the deep moral code of many Americans. As a Liberal, as is quite common among liberals, Blackmun seemed certain he knew what was best for everyone else.

34 posted on 05/21/2013 6:15:08 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: infowarrior

No, Blackmun did not.

There’s been a lot of speculation that the current Supreme Court is going to try to figure out a way to avoid making a real decision on the Gay Marriage cases precisely because of the long term damage done by ramming Roe v Wade down the nation’s throat.

The belief is to allow the issue to develop through the states, rather than through Federal judicial edict.


35 posted on 05/21/2013 6:19:10 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Obadiah
"does not understand"

My thoughts exactly. Like virtually all libs/leftists.

36 posted on 05/21/2013 6:31:09 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: olezip

Psst...last line of the excerpt...”Snowe, who was one of three Republicans who backed the 2009 stimulus package, retired from the upper chamber at the beginning of this year.” Your skimming skills are showing.


37 posted on 05/21/2013 6:32:29 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: markomalley

The opponents would wither on the vine/in their beds...


38 posted on 05/21/2013 6:52:20 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: markomalley

Even the know-nothings are starting to realize that Obamacare has the potential to hurt them. But few will admit it out loud, hating to say “I was wrong”.


39 posted on 05/21/2013 9:48:54 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Psst...last line of the excerpt...”Snowe, who was one of three Republicans who backed the 2009 stimulus package, retired from the upper chamber at the beginning of this year.” Your skimming skills are showing.

Defending the old gal, are you? You got me there on the skimming skills. I have her listed in my mind as a RINO, because of her Democratic leanings and voting record.

She needed to listen to Rush Limbaugh a little more, if she ever did at all.

Our entire Congress needs to stop skimming and actually read the bills they pass, including the immigration bill on the table right now.

40 posted on 05/21/2013 11:23:02 AM PDT by olezip
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