"Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe to vote for Senate Finance health bill: ‘When history calls, history calls.’"
While Republicans were hoping to have all members in its caucus oppose health care legislation, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) announced today that she will vote for the Finance Committee’s bill, making her the only Republican to do so. “When history calls, history calls,” she told her colleagues, noting that she still had some criticisms of the bill. She also touted the legislation’s “bipartisan, landmark reforms.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrongly predicted that the bill would pass on “a party-line vote of 13 to 10.”
The Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky has video of Snowe’s remarks and speculations on whether the recent insurance industry report encouraged her to vote in favor of reform.
,The bill passed 14-9, with all Democrats plus Snowe voting for it.