The big action was at today’s Senate Finance Commitee, where Maine’s Senator Olympia Snowe was the only Republican to vote yes on the Baucus plan.
The NYTimes ran with reaction just to Snowe’s role.
After a five-hour hearing, the Senate Finance Committee voted, 14-9, in favor of a bill overhauling the health care system. The only Republican on the panel to vote in support of the proposal was Senator Olympia J. Snowe, who cautioned that her vote today wasn’t a forecast of how she might vote later on. See related article by The Times’s David M. Herszenhorn and Robert Pear.
More on that from this morning’s The Washington Post.
Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine), the sole Republican who may vote for the bill, declined to reveal her decision as she took her seat at the dais Tuesday morning. “I have certain inclinations,” Snowe said before Baucus gaveled the meeting to a start. “But I want to hear more” from the budget and health-care experts assembled for last-minute questions from lawmakers.
Snowe said she was not swayed by an insurance industry study released Monday that anticipated higher coverage costs under the Finance Committee bill. The study has been widely derided by Democrats and the White House, and Snowe sounded dubious as well.
“I don’t think it was based on any valid assumptions,” she said, adding that for people who are eligible for subsidies under the legislation, the bill would offer “substantial savings.”
A committee vote on sending the bill to the Senate floor is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Also, BlueMass group blogged live from the Markey Town Hall meeting yesterday. Find the transcript here. More civil than most, but mostly more of the same.