Snowe doesn’t want quick health vote

Posted Nov. 12, 2009, at 11:09 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Sen. Olympia Snowe says it’s unrealistic to expect final votes on a health care reform bill before Christmas.

While visiting downtown Waterville on Wednesday, the Maine senator said it’s going to take longer to fashion an acceptable bill. Snowe tells the Morning Sentinel in Waterville that she can’t vote on a bill that important without taking as much time as possible to get it right.

Snowe was the only Republican to vote for the health bill in committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to complete work on the bill by Christmas.

Snowe continues her constituent visits in Maine cities on Thursday, with stops planned in Portland, Bath and Lewiston.

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