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Senator Olympia Snowe Voted Yes to Health Care Bill

Posted by amykr on October 13, 2009

In the first major move forward in the healthcare bill, Olympia Snowe, R- Maine, crossed party lines and voted yes for the finance committee’s version of healthcare reform. Senator Max Baucus called his plan “a balanced plan.”

The bill would subsidize insurance for poorer Americans, establish nonprofit health care cooperatives and create health insurance exchanges to make it easier for small groups and individuals to buy insurance. It would be paid for by reducing spending on Medicare, taxing higher premium insurnace plans and billing the health insurance companies.
The American Health Insurance Plan trade group stated on Monday if this plan went through premiums would increase as much as $1500 for individuals. Over the long term it could increase as much as $4000 by 2019.

Senator Snowe felt that this is the time to make history by working with the committee to work toward resolving one of the biggest issues affecting us currently.

This is just the one step toward creating a workign health care bill. There are still many issues to work out before a final bill is passed.


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