Despite the fact that the majority of Americans DO NOT support this particular reform. Oh yes – the majority oppose it:
Pollster.com: More Oppose Health Care Plan
Mixed Views of Economic Policies and Health Care Reform Persist: Overview – Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
Olympia Snowe is still going to vote for it, constituents be damned.
Melt her phones:
Phone: (202) 224-5344
Toll Free: (800) 432-1599
Fax: (202) 224-1946
b) Vote yes, and the White House argues that wins her a seat at the merger discussions: “She gets her greatest leverage by voting for it in committee, because then she’s a part of the discussions to merge the bill. Because once you have her in committee, you have to keep her for the floor. Because now you’ve committed yourself to a 60-vote track. If she wants to be for something in the end, the worst thing she could do is vote against it in committee and then allow there to be a sense that it’s headed to reconciliation, and the progressives are going to push incredibly hard for a bunch of things she’s uncomfortable with, like a full public plan.”
Don’t forget the caveats: Snowe has left herself enough room that no matter how she votes today she’ll be able to change it later.
A no today can become a yes tomorrow as Snowe continues using her leverage to shape the bill.
I am not as optimistic, given her track record.