All Eyes On Snowe

POSTED: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 10:38am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm

Maine Senator's vote crucial to health reform bill...

All eyes are on Maine Republican Olympia Snowe as the Senate prepares to vote on the Financial Committee's healthcare bill.

A "yes" vote, against her party, could woo skeptical Democrats.

Democrats claim their reforms would bring health insurance to almost all Americans, lower drug costs for seniors and reduce the deficit over 10 years.

Republicans claim it's a big Washington spending spree that'll leave the middle class and seniors paying more.

On the eve of the vote the insurance industry put out a report claiming premiums will soar under this plan.

That report was widely blasted as a last minute ploy to protect profits.

What comes out of the committee today isn't the final word.

This plan has to be merged with another Senate plan that includes the controversial public health insurance option.

This one does not.

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