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Olympia Snowe Will Vote For The Senate Finance Bill


"The mark before us produces some bipartisan, landmark reform," Olympia Snowe said before the Senate Finance Committee. She'll vote for the bill. That doesn't mean she'll vote for the final bill, of course. "My vote today, is my vote today," she clarified. "It doesn't forecast what it will be tomorrow."

Health-care reform will now pass its fifth and final committee. It will have a high-profile Republican supporter in the Senate. There are compromises left to be made, and bad days left to be endured, but health-care reform has the votes. It has them in the House. It has them in the Senate. It looks to have enough of them, in fact, to overcome a filibuster. That is to say, it looks to have enough of them to actually become law.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak.

By Ezra Klein  |  October 13, 2009; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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It looks to have enough votes to actually become law.


Well, of course.

But this is no indication of what final bill will look like.

Schumer's opt-out? I doubt it.

More like Snowe's trigger.

Posted by: SisterRosetta | October 13, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow. As angry as I've been over things, and as relatively lame as the bill is, I will be shocked and pleased if this passes and is signed.

Posted by: AZProgressive | October 13, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I think the republican threats to deny her a position as ranking member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee are empty ones, because they know she can pull a Jeffords/Specter if push comes to shove. Knowing this, she can place a vote in line with her constituents in Maine.

Posted by: constans | October 13, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

you can listen to the Chairman's Mark here:

Posted by: bdballard | October 13, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

BFD. She votes for a bill which is a pure corporate giveaway. Baucus even inserted trickery to screw self employed people like me out of protection from pre-existing conditions and rescission. The SFC bill is just another massive government bailout - only difference is that the industry they're bailing out is already a highly profitable and completely unethical monopoly.

Listen to Wendell Potter:

What about the woman with heart disease and an autistic daughter on Ed Schultz today who were kicked off their health insurance because her husband had to take a leave of absence to serve in the Army Reserves? And Obama is all about "national service". What a load. What a fraud.

Posted by: akmakm | October 13, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but gutted of most of what would make it worth passing.


Posted by: adamiani | October 13, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, do you think Lieberman will vote for cloture on whatever the final bill is?

I sure can't see that happening.

Posted by: bcamarda2 | October 13, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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