Critical Condition

The Snowe Report

From the Washington Post on Baucus:

The Finance Committee could vote as early as Friday on the bill. Passage by the Democrat-dominated panel is virtually assured, but Democrats are eager to win the vote of Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine), the only Republican on the committee who has expressed any support for the measure.

Snowe said Wednesday that she was relieved to see that the cost of expanding coverage remained below Obama’s limit of $900 billion over the next decade. “But we have a lot to review,” she said.

She urged committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to wait until next week for a final vote. “It’s a critical vote. . . . I would rather have the comfort level of having had sufficient time to analyze it.”

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