Snowe jumps ship in attempt to turn healthcare “Titanic”
Well, she did it.
In explaining why she was voting against the Republican line, Snowe likened changing the healthcare status quo to “turning the Titanic around” before it hit the iceberg.
She became the first Republican to vote for changing the healthcare system, which has become President Barack Obama’s signature domestic issue.
The committee voted 14-9 for the bill, almost fully on party lines.
Snowe cited hurdles that have in the past sunk healthcare reform attempts and said it was time to change the trend of inaction.
“So is this bill all that I would want? Far from it. Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls,” Snowe said.
The question is, having jumped ship, will she be able to withstand pressure from fellow Republicans and keep her vote cast with the Democrats as they try to maneuver healthcare legislation through the next set of rapids.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Senator Olympia Snowe speaks at Capitol in July), Reuters/stringer (Kayaker negotiates rapids on Mana river)