Maine’s Snowe, Senate health reform player

From the NYTimes story on an amendment to the Senate bill.   

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Members of the committee changed the bill to exempt an estimated two million people who would face financial burdens in buying even the cheapest insurance available. Lawmakers delayed and reduced the penalties for others.

The action, taken by a vote of 22 to 1, came after lawmakers heard an impassioned plea from Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, who denounced the idea of punishing people who could not afford the insurance they would be required to buy under the legislation. It was the latest indication of the influence that Ms. Snowe has over Democrats as the only member of her party in Congress who has shown any inclination to support President Obama’s drive to overhaul the health care system.

“The obligation should be first and foremost on the United States government to ensure that these plans will be affordable in the marketplace,” Ms. Snowe said. “It surprises me that we would have these high-level penalties on the average American when we have no certainty about whether or not these plans will be affordable. I just don’t understand why there’s this impetus to punish people.”

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2 thoughts on “Maine’s Snowe, Senate health reform player

  1. PLEASE , PLEASE MS. SNOWE VOTE NO ON THE OBAMA HEALTH PLAN, WE DO NOT WISH TO HAVE A NATIONAL [FEDERAL] HEALTH PLAN. THE INDIVIDUAL SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE , AND WE ARE INSOLVENT, YES WE THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SPENT INTO BANKRUPTCY BY FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS, THE WASTE, THE WARS, THE COMPLETE THEFT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUND, FOREIGN AID IF THESE FUNDS WERE HOME IN THE USA, THESE FUNDS WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN COPIOUS AMOUNTS TO SOLVE FIRST THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM WITH GOOD OLD FDR MAKE [WORK] AMERICA SPIT AND POLISH AGAIN. THE BANKS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO FAIL, TRIED AND CONVICTED THE LEADERS, SEIZE THEIR ASSETS, LIFE TIME INCARCERATION. THE FEDS DESTROY CITIZENS WITH IT’S MIGHT AND JAIL PERSON FOR THE SIMPLEST NON HARMING OFFENSES. BANKS STEAL TRILLIONS,THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS OVER PAID, BLOATED IN NUMBERS, AND HAS MASSIVE UNCONSTITUTIONAL ILLEGAL POWERS, PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANOTHER HUGE LAYER OF PAPER SHUFFLERS DO NOTHINGS, OVE PAID TO PLAY GOD, PLEASE STOP THIS DISASTER, WANTED ONLY BY DRUG COMPANIES, BLOATED HOSPITALS, AND NOT MANY MEDICAL DOCTORS…PLEASE
    THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THIS ACCESS . BEST REGARDS, YOUR TASK IS FORMIDABLE. J.R.

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