PORTLAND, Maine –Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are getting more face time with President Barack Obama on the topic of health care reform. Obama met with Collins on Wednesday and Snowe on Thursday as he tries to win support for his health care proposal. Both said they believe a slower, deliberative process is needed to produce the best plan, suggesting they want to rein in Obama and Congress.
Snowe is a key member of the Senate Finance Committee that’s working to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says Obama and Congress “must calibrate the speed of our action on this monumental issue to the necessity to get this right.
From today’s Globe story on the latest CBO cost estimate and House Ways and Means Committee approval of the bill:
Moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, who has been central to the Finance Committee talks, has urged Obama to be patient and said it was “overly ambitious” to set an August deadline for Senate passage.
Next week, when I’m not writing from a Cape Cod library, another lesson in health reform history: How Watergate and the Argentinean Firecracker killed Nixon’s ambitious plan.
Also, a closer look at a new way to pay for care in Mass and the fight between Boston Medical Center and the state.