Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) informed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of her decision to back a key health reform proposal in a phone call this morning, McConnell said Tuesday.
McConnell said in a statement reacting to the Senate Finance Committee's passage of a healthcare reform proposal that Snowe informed him of her decision in a phone call, with McConnell echoing Snowe's concerns about "transparency" in the bill moving forward.
"Sen. Snowe called me this morning to let me know that while she
continues to have serious, substantive policy reservations with this
proposal, she wanted to keep the process moving," McConnell said in a
statement. "I share her concerns about the direction of this bill once
it leaves the committee, and her call for transparency before we vote
to proceed to any bill on the floor."
McConnell condemned the bill more broadly, which passed out of the Committee in a 14-9 vote Tuesday, and acknowledged his party's sole defector during the committee vote.
The Republicans' leader in the Senate said that the bill would never see the Senate floor in its current form after it is merged with the proposal to emerge from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
"The fact is, this proposal will never come before the Senate," McConnell said. "But what we do know is that the bill written behind closed doors here in the Capitol will be another 1,000-page, trillion-dollar Washington takeover."
"We know it will slash a half-trillion dollars from seniors’ Medicare, add new taxes and raise premiums," he added. "That’s not reform."