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Sen. Olympia Snowe Breaks From Party, Backs Legislation

August 31, 2018
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Republican says she has concerns about legislation but maintaining status quo would make nation’s health-care problems worse, not better. (Washington Post — 14 October, 2009)
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Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine said her vote to move health care legislation to the floor was no guarantee that she would support a final measure. (New York Times — 14 October, 2009)
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Forget Sarah Palin. The female maverick of the Republican Party is Sen. Olympia Snowe, who broke with her party to vote for a Democratic health care bill. (MSNBC — 14 October, 2009)
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A second Republican senator signaled Wednesday she’s open to voting for sweeping health care legislation this year, putting President Barack Obama closer to a historic achievement that has eluded generations of Democratic leaders. (MSNBC — 15 October, 2009)
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The Senate Finance Committee will hold a landmark vote on health-care reform legislation Tuesday that is expected to underscore the deep partisan divisions that have emerged and hardened over five months of debate. (Washington Post — 14 October, 2009)
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the case is growing stronger for allowing the government to sell health insurance in competition with private companies, contending recent attacks from the industry should dispel any doubts. (MSNBC — 16 October, 2009)
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The insurance industry escalates its criticism of the Senate health care bill, charging it would shift costs to privately insured people and raise the price of a typical policy. (MSNBC — 13 October, 2009)
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It’s not just Democrats and Republicans who are at odds over health care reform. House and Senate Democrats are going after each other over the shape of the legislation too.

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(MSNBC — 15 hours ago)
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Select senators and White House officials set to finalize legislation behind closed doors, in contrast with Obama’s earlier call for open negotiations. (Washington Post — 2 hours ago)
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