With Public Option, Medicare Buy-In Gone, Is Snowe A Gettable Health Care Vote?

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December 15, 2009 8:17 a.m.

That’s the question Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to answer right now. The two met briefly earlier this afternoon just off the Senate floor.

According to a Senate leadership aide, with the public option and the Medicare buy-in now essentially out of the picture, Reid is “gauging where she is,” hoping, perhaps, to turn the Lieberman debacle into an extra vote…or maybe two.

Of course, even with one of her major substantive concerns addressed, Snowe still says she’s likely to oppose the bill unless Reid and the Democrats slow walk the bill to a final vote.“The more they try to, sort of, drive this process in an unrealistic timeframe, the more reluctant I become about whether or not this can be doable in this timeframe that we’re talking about,” Snowe told reporters last week.

“There’s always January,” Snowe said. “Frankly, I understand the value of deadlines, but this is getting, I think, unrealistic in terms of where we stand today.”

Reid may have his work cut out for him.

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