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Obama Hails Snowe's "Seriousness of Purpose"

By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden late Tuesday afternoon to hail the Senate Finance Committee's passage of a health-care overhaul bill - singling out Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Me.) for her "courage" and "seriousness of purpose."

As expected, the White House claimed victory in achieving a bipartisan bill with the addition of Snowe, the only Republican so far to sign on to the effort. Obama said the bill "enjoys the support of people from both parties," leaving aside how narrowly bipartisan the vote was.

"Now's not the time to pat ourselves on the back. Now's not the time to offer ourselves congratulations. Now's the time to dig in and work even harder to get this done," Obama said. While he said the bill was "not perfect," he hailed it as a critical milestone in achieving reform.

By Eric Rich  |  October 13, 2009; 5:25 PM ET
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Easy for her (Snowe). She is not up for reelection. So; she moves the 'bill' to the floor at no political risk to her seat. Brave?

Mind you, I think she did the right thing. The committee is a partisan gang of big government liberals. Let the Dems. in the full Senate put their careers on the line for this POS bill.

Posted by: powaymojo | October 16, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

jonweiss1,

I stand corrected.

Posted by: faktcheker | October 14, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

What? "Seriousness of purpose?" Snowe is from Maine; this politician has no purpose; Send her home to have a Clam Bake.

Posted by: yokohlman | October 14, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The man should be barred from speaking until he learns that Nobel peace prize means feckless tyro in Norwegian.

Posted by: DrMysterious | October 14, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Finally someone among the GOP is making some sense. Yes, Senator Snowe should be hailed for bravery...for these are the times to take a stand for what matters..irrespective of consequence! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdqdsWR_hhI

Posted by: Victoria5 | October 14, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

faktcheker,

Good Idea...BUT...This might be even better.

"if a citizen decides to take a doctor to court for malpractice and and the doctor is found to be without fault...the "LAWYER" bringing the case to court shall pay all lawyer fees and and court costs as well as expenses for the doctor."

This will really slow the frivolity of legal action.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | October 14, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I had a busy day yesterday, I called my Senators and Representatative to ask some questions about the Health Care bill. Both of my Senators and my Representative said that could not tell me anything because they did not have the bill available to read, because the bill was not yet finished. So I called, (armed with questions) Senator Max Baucus's (the guy whos supposedly writing the bill) office to get some answers.

Senator Baucus's staffer informed me that the bill was indeed still being revised, but that the vote yesterday was merely a vote on amendments to the bill.

Yet, this afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee voted on and passed the bill. Now I have to wonder, if the members of the congressmens staff are correct and the bill is not complete, what are the Senators in the Finance Committee voting on? Amendments? To a bill that is not yet complete? What is there to amend if it is not complete?

Also, why, if the bill is not complete, why are they voting on it at all? The appearance is that the Obama Administration is pushing this incomplete bill through as fast as possible, even at the risk of getting it wrong.

If there is a need for heatlhcare reform, shoudn't congress be trying to get it right? Not just get it done?

Posted by: jonweiss1 | October 14, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The politicians in charge of this fiasco could drastically bring down the cost of healthcare insurance by legislating one simple law..
if a citizen decides to take a doctor to court for malpractice and and the doctor is found to be without fault...the citizen bringing the false charge shall pay all lawyer fees and expenses for the doctor.

This one simple law will bring scumbag lawyer ambulance chasing to a screeching halt, and people will think twice before trying to abuse the system to get rich. Then people who are truly injured by a doctors' negligence will still get justice.

I notice that the politicians (most of whom are lawyers on both sides of the isle, including the President himself) are ignoring this obvious issue...and until they address it, I will continue to believe that they aren't really trying to bring down costs...it is a simple government powergrab.

Posted by: faktcheker | October 14, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Re: afternoon_shade says "The point is to discuss with others how healthcare reform can best be achieved, AND, to present both sides of an argument or debate and allow others to vent their feelings, frustrations, etc. How about all of us sticking together to make this situation work out whether we are for or against?"

afternoon_shade then holds this up as an example of the sort of post he or she favors:

"Maine? Where the heck is Maine? Boy is she a piece of work! She should be thrown out of the party. If you are a moderate - YOU STAND FOR NOTHING!!!! Oh, I forgot, she got elected on the ticket because of her gorgeous good looks! She should be in a horse race instead of in the senate!!!Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | October 13, 2009 7:40 PM "

'Nuff said about that person.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | October 13, 2009 9:23 PM *******************

I must have touched your liberal nerve, Douglas, and caused you read statements into my post that simply aren't there. No matter. Based on your response, it's obvious that you missed the entire point of my post. That's too bad, but I still like you and wish you well.

Posted by: afternoon_shade | October 14, 2009 1:50 AM | Report abuse

The President was correct in his assessment that Senator Snowe has shown both seriousness of purpose and political courage.

Snowe has proven herself very well-versed in the Health care issues, truly concerned about questions of affordability, costs, and delivery reform throughout the committee's debate so clearly she has demonstrated the seriousness of purpose.

There is already a movement afoot in the Republican Senate caucus to deny her ascent to the Ranking Member position on the Commerce Committee which she is line for when Hutchison resigns to seek the Texas Governorship. That is how she has demonstrated political courage. She is putting the national interest and efforts to achieve the best policy output for the people of Maine and the American people ahead of her own personal career interests. I would think objective observers----not that there are any of those here----would agree that qualifies as a demonstration of political courage.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 13, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Self-indulgent Snowe loves the limelight. Recall that she pulled the same stunt with the stimulus bill. She might as well pull a Specter.

Posted by: judithod | October 13, 2009 10:16 PM

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Yeah, stupid moderates, not toeing the party line. I tell you, that's what's wrong with Washington these days. Why can't people just consistently vote with their party regardless of what they think?

You're the one putting a limelight on her. If people like you weren't dripping with such pointless political vitriol, the center wouldn't be such a lonely place.

Posted by: ponkey | October 13, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Here is the new mantra for the GOP, "Anyone who agrees with President Obama is a traitor"

Posted by: pattr1 | October 13, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Self-indulgent Snowe loves the limelight. Recall that she pulled the same stunt with the stimulus bill. She might as well pull a Specter.

Posted by: judithod | October 13, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

PalmSpringsGirl: "Maine? Where the heck is Maine? Boy is she a piece of work!"
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Ask any third grader from a blue state: Those kids know where Maine is.

You're the piece of work. Now go shake the sand out of your ears.

Posted by: darling_ailie | October 13, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Senator Snowe is not the first thoughtful, brave and independent womanelected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith (elected in 1949, lost office in the 1972 election) is still remembered for her courageous opposition to Joe McCarthy.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | October 13, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

She has the courage of a rabbit. But compared with most "conservatives" she is a lion.

Posted by: xSamplex | October 13, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I am not all that familiar with Ms. Snowe or her record and achievements. I believe everyone in this life has a sense of purpose as they describe within this article. How many times have you heard Al Franken's name come up since he has been on the hill? How many times did you hear from and about him when he ws part of the public sector?

I, myself, have no desire to be a politician because I believe to be effective you have to find that niche which allows you creativity, availability and opportunity without demands on time and the effort I want to put into it. This is not a selfish desire as it is I am one person who can accomplish more when the constraints and the demands of a party are minimized. Freelancing is effective when the curriculum can be formatted and utilized as needed.

I applaud anyone who devotes and dedicates their life for the purpose and cause they were chosen, however, not everyone is cut from the same cloth or meant to serve that purpose others desire. For me to provide a consultative service to those around me is more effectual and efficient, and lays the groundwork for those things I believe are best suited with long term goals being the end product.

Posted by: jakesfriend1 | October 13, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

However, Senator Snowe voted for what she believed was in the nation's best interest. That should be all that matters because that is what we ultimately should do as Americans.

Posted by: brwntrt | October 13, 2009 9:24 PM

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........she's a witch! Burn her!

Posted by: ponkey | October 13, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Does it really matter if Snowe is a Republican, conservative or whatever else?

This is not an issue about betrayal. We, as Americans, may disagree about our political stances.

However, Senator Snowe voted for what she believed was in the nation's best interest. That should be all that matters because that is what we ultimately should do as Americans.

Posted by: brwntrt | October 13, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

afternoon_shade says "The point is to discuss with others how healthcare reform can best be achieved, AND, to present both sides of an argument or debate and allow others to vent their feelings, frustrations, etc. How about all of us sticking together to make this situation work out whether we are for or against?"

afternoon_shade then holds this up as an example of the sort of post he or she favors:

"Maine? Where the heck is Maine? Boy is she a piece of work! She should be thrown out of the party. If you are a moderate - YOU STAND FOR NOTHING!!!! Oh, I forgot, she got elected on the ticket because of her gorgeous good looks! She should be in a horse race instead of in the senate!!!Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | October 13, 2009 7:40 PM "

'Nuff said about that person.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | October 13, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

A little bio about birvin9999's "spineless twit from a liberal state":

"Snowe's early life had its share of tragedies; her mother died of breast cancer when she was eight, and her father died of heart disease barely a year later. Orphaned, she was moved to Auburn, Maine, to be raised by her aunt and uncle, a textile mill worker and a barber, respectively, along with their five other children. Her brother John was raised separately, by other family members. Within a few years, illness would also claim her uncle's life."

Sounds more like a great American success story to me, a family sticking together through hard times and a young person's character being forged in the fires of adversity.

Your mileage may vary.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | October 13, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

RE: Comment and response:
PalmSpringsGirl wrote: "Boy is she a piece of work! She should be thrown out of the party."

--Wow! We're supposed to be intelligent adults, here. Your comment adds nothing to the debate, and makes you sound as though you never heard of the term "normal person". She's just a normal person, my friend... not a super-freak birther/racist...

Posted by: jewishmother | October 13, 2009 7:55 PM ***************

You might want to take your own advice, jewishmother. Your comments add nothing to the debate, either, although while you are trying to be 'nicely nasty,' you didn't quite pull it off. Palm has a right to her opinion, same as you. I noticed you attacked but Palm didn't retaliate, so... The point is to discuss with others how healthcare reform can best be achieved, AND, to present both sides of an argument or debate and allow others to vent their feelings, frustrations, etc. How about all of us sticking together to make this situation work out whether we are for or against? Let's put the 'nicely nasty' angle to the wayside. It has no place here.

Posted by: afternoon_shade | October 13, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I've come to realize that if all they can muster is "spineless twit", it means they have nothing and they know it.

Posted by: ICUdoc | October 13, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Healthcare reform needs a “Parody Option.” Check out “Healthcare Fighting (King Fu Mix)” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nc1VwJOb9Y

Posted by: thincaboutit | October 13, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

birvin9999 -- Snowe is no liberal Democrat?? She's a moderate Republican. Why would you mislabel someone like that? I thought the Independents would have to vote both parties out in order to move on Health Care, but now it's looking like this won't be the case. Great day for America! Who cares who gets credit, Dems or Reps as long as something gets done! Like George Washington said, "Political Parties, if established, will be the down fall of this nation because everything will become partisan."

Posted by: madstamina | October 13, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Snowe is a spineless twit from a liberal state. She should just be done with it and join the other corrupt spineless Democrats like Rangel, Pelosi, Reid, Hoyer and all the rest of the crud.

Posted by: birvin9999 | October 13, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

After health care passes and becomes woven into the fabric...some bright young GOP speechwriter will cite this as the moment when the GOP put health care for all Americans over the top.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 13, 2009 6:06 PM

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Sad, but so true. Some day soon, the GOP will actually be campaigning on how they brought health care reform to America. All of the people who have been stoning it to death for the last 5 months will be chanting about how it was all their idea. I hope there's some kind of provision for affordable optometry coverage, because I'm going to need it in a year when my eyes can't stop rolling.

Posted by: ponkey | October 13, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

The state of Maine can be rightly proud of Senator Snowe. She is a National Treasure being that rarest of beings....... an honest politician who loves her state, the country and the people. Bless her a thousand times over for have more errr....fortitude than her male contemporaries.

Posted by: mosthind | October 13, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

To the post by "SAINT---The"

It would seem your state (Texas) or at least one particular resident of it, has more blame connected to your comments than you let on:

Unemployment at 10%...caused by economic collapse under Bush

World going to War...World in two wars, entered into by Bush

20 Million Invaders walking our Streets...who came in over the last nine years, mostly under Bush administration

and the Clown is dressing up People in Lab Coats for Photos! "Try a lab coat on - perhaps you'll be inspired to get the degree that goes with it."

So your comment: "At least my State (Texas) is not to blame!" has an ironic and rather back-firing meaning in it.

Posted by: KimDarcy | October 13, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Dear "saint":

1. We are at war b/c of unilateral decision making by a Texas born lunatic who thought getting a "C" at Yale was an accomplishment.

2. That same Yale Flunkie (and yes, getting a "C" at yale is flunking out) also is a very large reason our economy is in a tailspin. The last 3 months of his presidency he watched the economy tank and did next to nothing. ANd the republican party is to blame for the laxity in the oversight that led to the subprime market, and unethical financial dealings that led to the global market meltdown.

4. The reason there are "10 million invaders" walking our streets is a problem of the last 10 years (or more), not the last 10 months. (If so, damn those illegals, they can sure run fast)

5. Strangely enough, the focus of doctors is not on bringing a freshly pressed white coat, but taking care of patients and showing up to show support for health care reform. Reform that means that we will see the patients before they have wide-spread metastatic cancer that leaves us little options to treat them, or their massive stroke from untreated high blood pressure, but instead when they develop a symptom and get their screening tests early in the disease. Because they have health insurance. And a doctors appointment that costs $80 is certainly cheaper than 20 years of nursing home care for the massive stroke that left them unable to care for themselves. Can't remember the last time I ironed my white coat. Which might be why they opted to give them nicer looking white coats.

Posted by: ICUdoc | October 13, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

PalmSpringsGirl wrote: "Boy is she a piece of work! She should be thrown out of the party."

--Wow! We're supposed to be intelligent adults, here. Your comment adds nothing to the debate, and makes you sound as though you never heard of the term "normal person". She's just a normal person, my friend... not a super-freak birther/racist...

Posted by: jewishmother | October 13, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

PalmSpringsGirl, no doubt longing for Palin rather than Snowe, asked, "Maine? Where the heck is Maine?"

That would be one of the places settled by English colonists in the early 1600's and largely populated by small farmers, independent artisans and people who work the water - fiercely independent folks of the kind who brought the USA into being and are too seldom met with within her borders today.

Hope that answers your question, Palm Springs Girl.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | October 13, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Snowe is the class act of the Republican party.

Posted by: Jeff-for-progress | October 13, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"Sense of purpose"?? More like "Sellout Sally"!

Posted by: tjhall1 | October 13, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Maine? Where the heck is Maine? Boy is she a piece of work! She should be thrown out of the party. If you are a moderate - YOU STAND FOR NOTHING!!!! Oh, I forgot, she got elected on the ticket because of her gorgeous good looks! She should be in a horse race instead of in the senate!!!

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | October 13, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe O'Bomba will get her a Lab coat to wear for the cameras too?!

Unemployment at 10%...

World going to War...

20 Million Invaders walking our Streets...

and the Clown is dressing up People in Lab Coats for Photos! :-(

At least my State (Texas) is not to blame!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 13, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans are a sad shrinking bunch. 2010 will be the real wake up call."

Yes it will, for Democrats, that is.

Posted by: AnotherContrarian | October 13, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Knowing the present-day GOP, they'll launch a primary challenge against her, she'll lose....and then the GOP tool will get crushed in the general election by a Democrat.

Posted by: holzhaacker | October 13, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the Obamedia is hyperventilating over ONE Republican crossover and calling the Baucus bill "bipartisan" while ignoring the fact that more than a few Democrats have publicly stated they won't support the same bill. Joe Lieberman stated today he would not support this bill, but nary a peep of it from the drive-bys. I wonder if Sen. Lieberman has as much "seriousness of purpose" as our newly crowned Nobel Laureate supposes Sen. Snowe to have.

Posted by: braunt | October 13, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse


COVERT FED DEPLOYMENT OF MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS' AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS MAKES HEALTH CARE REFORM A CRUEL JOKE

Access to health care doesn't help untold thousands of unjustly targeted Americans recover from the devastating physiological effects of being silently irradiated by microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons"...

...the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum, a silent "final solution" that may have the nation's political leadership in its ideological cross-hairs.

This technology is capable of altering moods, emotions, inducing fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, life-altering injury, disease and a slow-kill death.

And key elements of the Obama administration -- chief among them the defense/security/intel establishment -- are proliferating these technologies by various modalities -- reportedly, from hand-held weaponry to satellite and terrestrial cell tower based delivery systems.

American citizens and families targeted by this covert torture matrix also are subject to financial sabotage that decimates their livelihoods and financial resources...

...and relentless "community stalking" -- harassment, surreptitious home entries and vandalism by government-enabled vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and anti-terrorism organizations.

Warrantless, covert placement of GPS tracking devices and misuse of cell phone technology to hunt down the unjustly targeted enables this grassroots terrorism.

But the Obama administration continues to allow these warrantless intrusions into the lives of unjustly targeted American families.

The bureaucratic saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves behind these multi-agency crimes against humanity and the Constitution must be removed from power, immediately, before this silent genocide claims more victims -- endangering the Obama presidency while making a mockery of the rule of law.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 13, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

After health care passes and becomes woven into the fabric...some bright young GOP speechwriter will cite this as the moment when the GOP put health care for all Americans over the top.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 13, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are a sad shrinking bunch. 2010 will be the real wake up call.

Posted by: A-Voter | October 13, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Snowe is a RINO, a Republican in name only because she thinks that the welfare of the country long term is more important than the short term goals of the Republican party. They would try to get rid of her the way they rid themselves of Specter. There problem is the Republicans in Maine are not KNRW, know nothing right wingnuts.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 13, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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