Snowe is ‘Shocked, Shocked’ at Rushed Healthcare Timeline
posted at 4:17 pm on December 21, 2009 by Slublog
Snowe said the Christmas deadline imposed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats for voting on the Senate measure is unacceptable and fails to allow for the continued analysis and change she feels is necessary to protect consumers, taxpayers and the shaky business sector. In particular, she said, she cannot accept a 400-page amendment filed late last week by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that, because of the process of adhering to the Christmas deadline, is not subject to debate or amendment.
She said she does not discount the urgency of the health care reform issue or the broad support in Maine for change.
“I recognize the imperative of accomplishing this reform,” she said. “But in the final analysis, I will be accountable for the outcome of this legislation.”
I’m not sure why Snowe is so shocked by this. Last week, President Obama made his views on when he expected the bill quite clear. As is the case with many subjects, Obama declared back in September that the time for “bickering” and “games” was over and that it was the “season for action.” And remember, this is a president who tells his critics to “get out of the way.” With leaders like this, the Democrats would never act in bad faith, right?
Snowe pulled the switch that brought this monster to life, and it looks like she’s finally begun to realize it isn’t as friendly as she created it to be.
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