The Senate Finance Committee voted largely along party lines to approve committee chairman Max Baucus’s Health Care Reform Bill earlier today:
A key U.S. Senate committee endorsed a sweeping healthcare overhaul on Tuesday, gaining the support of an influential Republican and delivering President Barack Obama a victory on his top domestic priority.
The Democratic-controlled Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on a 14-9 vote, with Senator Olympia Snowe becoming the first Republican in Congress to back a healthcare reform bill.
Snowe, who had been courted by Obama and his fellow Democrats as the only potential Republican “yes” vote on the panel, said she backed the plan with reservations and she could not guarantee her continued support as the overhaul advances through Congress.
Olympia Snowe was the only Republican on the committee to vote for the bill saying:
“My vote today is my vote today. It doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow.”
Snort, with all due respect senator, that’s bull… You’re going to vote for the final bill just like you voted for the Democrats failed trillion dollar stimulus bill and this bit of legislative vaporware. This bill is a testament to everything that’s wrong with Washington… They just approved a bill that hasn’t even been written yet.
- Lieberman Opposes Baucus Bill – The Weekly Standard
- New Bill Would Raise Rates, Says Insurance Group – Washington Post
- Dems scramble after warning from health insurers – Associated Press
- Obamacare Tax Frays Middle-Class Vow: Kevin Hassett – Bloomberg News