Snowe explains opposition to healthcare letter

Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, the only Republican on the Senate Finance Committee to not sign a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday that opposes a public option healthcare plan, on Tuesday explained why.

"I had a number of issues with the letter, and I also wanted to say that everybody has their own descriptions of what a public-option plan is and whether it's going to include a fall-back or not," Snowe said. "So I just chose not to sign it. I'm open to making sure we get a quality, affordable plan. And I've talked to the White House on a number of issues including that, and I just want to make sure we get this right."

All nine other GOP senators on the FInance Committe sent Obama a letter Monday blasting a "government-run" plan. Signed by ranking Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley (Iowa), GOP Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.), ranking HELP Committee member Mike Enzi and members Orrin Hatch (Utah), Jim Bunning (Ky.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan.), John Ensign (Nev.) and John Cornyn (Texas), the letter said a
public-option plan would result in