Size, scope of health bill worry Maine’s Snowe

Posted Sept. 16, 2009, at 3:49 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine says a new health care overhaul bill unveiled by the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is an improvement over the House version. But she says she’s still concerned about the “size and the scope of the proposal.”

Snowe says she’s pleased that Sen. Max Baucus of Montana dropped a public option from the health care plan. At the same time, she’s worried that some Americans could end up paying more.

Snowe is one of the so-called “Gang of Six” Republicans and Democrats on the committee who’ve been trying to reach a bipartisan agreement. In the end, Baucus, a Democrat, brought forth his proposal without any visible GOP support.

Snowe says she’s urging Baucus to “carefully consider proposals from both sides of the aisle” during the committee’s markup” to address her concerns.

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