Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) “said late Monday that it remains unclear to her whether President Barack Obama’s bipartisan health care summit will engender compromise, and joined her Republican colleagues in panning the administration’s newly released $950 billion reform package,” Roll Call reports.
But Snowe, who long since joined a Republican filibuster of the Democratic health care agenda, said she remains equally unimpressed with this latest version of health care reform as introduced by Obama on Monday. Additionally, Snowe suggested the Democrats’ threat of pursuing reconciliation to pass health care is casting a pall over the president’s bipartisan summit on the issue, which is set for Thursday.
“I don’t see reconciliation as acceptable,” Snowe told reporters Monday, after the jobs bill vote. “I think that that’s a huge mistake, frankly — tactically, strategically and in terms of what is in the best interest of the American people. And I think that that would be a very important step, and gesture, if the president and the leadership removed it, rather than having that as sort of wielding this power, you know, by using an arbitrary tool for purposes that have not been heretofore used.”
Snowe said she “needs to further review Obama’s health care proposal, which is based off of the Senate’s $871 billion package she opposed late last year.”
She “does not expect to attend the health care summit.”
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