Another GOP senator open to health care overhaul

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | 11:12 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — Another Republican senator says she's open to voting for a sweeping health care overhaul this year.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday the status quo is unacceptable and she shares the goal of passing responsible health care legislation to expand coverage and curb costs. But Collins also said she has serious concerns about the version that cleared the Finance Committee Tuesday with the support of her Maine colleague, Olympia Snowe. Collins said she worries the coverage won't be affordable for many families and small businesses, and said proposed Medicare cuts are too deep.

So far, Snowe is the only Republican in Congress to vote for a bill that would deliver on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.


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