Brown’s win has emboldened the GOP to call on Dems to hit the restart button on health reform. Kaiser Health News aggregates it for you, including news that Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is waiting for a call from Dems.
PORTLAND, Maine –U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, smarting over the way Democrats moved health care negotiations behind closed doors and left her and other Republicans shut out of the process, is waiting for them to make the first move toward salvaging portions of the health care overhaul bill.
Snowe, once viewed as President Barack Obama’s best hope of crossing party lines to support his health care legislation, said she remains committed to playing a constructive role. But she was left frustrated by the partisanship she saw after Senate Democrats mustered 60 votes, enough to move forward without the threat of delaying tactics by Republicans.
Here’s what she said on October 12 when she cast the sole Republican vote for health reform.
“Is this bill all that I would want? Far from it. Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls…”