The Senate Finance Committee passed the Baucus healthcare reform bill out of committee with a vote of 14-9, with Olympia Snow as the only republican that voted for the bill.
My questions would be:
- Are we going to be allowed to read this or is it going to be combined with the rest of the different committees’ versions behind closed doors and voted on in the middle of the night?
- Are there enough patriots in Maine to oust Olympia Snowe for voting against the will of America?
- Are you awake America? Are you ready to fight against the tax increases, rationing of care, and single payer government option?
Health care reform cleared a momentous hurdle Tuesday, as the Senate Finance Committee voted to send its version of the legislation to the Senate floor after months of closely watched deliberations.
The committee voted 14-9 in favor of the package. One Republican, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, broke with her party to support the bill. All 13 Democrats on the panel voted in favor of it, while the rest of the Republicans opposed it.
The panel was the last of five to act on health legislation, and the vote marked the biggest advance so far toward health care reform, as the committee’s legislation is considered the best building block for a compromise plan in the full Senate.
But much work still remains on the package.
The House still needs to bring a unified version to the floor, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will begin working with White House staff, Baucus and others to blend the Finance bill with a more liberal version passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – before bringing a final product to the Senate floor.
Mitch McConnell on the floor of the Senate this morning before the vote: