As a citizen of Maine, I have called the offices of both Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins on several occasions. For some reason these two women get some sort of credit for being moderate Republicans. What the hell is a moderate Republican. Considering that Snowe and Collins are the only two Republican representatives in Congress from all six New England states, one might think that Moderate Republican means a Democrat. And now that Olympia Snowe has voted to allow the Baucus Healthcare Reform Bill to move forward to the full Senate, she has somehow become more important than she was yesterday. Saint Snowe. I don’t think so. And apparently others are questioning it as well. Everyone thought she would have a seat at the next bargaining table up the chain. She won’t. And she doesn’t deserve it.
On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, after the Senate Finance Committee sent the Baucus Healthcare Reform Bill to the full Senate, Snowe was touted as the focal point of the entire health care debate. The truth is that the Finance Committee didn’t need her vote. The vote was 14 to 9, but without her, it would have been 13 to 10. Still a win for the Democrats in my estimation. So all we really got was the appearance of bi-partisanship because ONE Republican vote yes.
My last phone call to Stowe’s office was about a month ago. I asked what her position was on Healthcare. I got the standard answer, which wasn’t an answer at all. “What is your position on healthcare?” was all I got. That and “Senator Snowe hasn’t come up with her final position yet”. Really!? The whole country is fighting for or against health care reform but Senator Snowe from Maine hasn’t decided what her position is yet? I don’t understand why these Senators can’t just state a position. I pay your god damned salary so TELL ME WHAT THE HELL YOUR THINKING!
I know, now, that I received no answers because there were no answers. She voted “yes” on October 13, but as she said “today is today”. Meaning, “don’t count on me for anything – I’m going to hedge my bet and see which answers will get me re-elected”. I don’t care about your orphaned, rags-to-riches background, I really don’t. You are there for six years at a time to represent ME. When are you going to start?
I know so many people in Maine that don’t have health insurance and are suffering…badly. And those that do have it don’t have very good health insurance, just like me. I have coverage, but it doesn’t cover what I need it to cover. So even with insurance my monthly expenses for medical bills and prescriptions are slowly and methodically driving me to financial ruin.
Having said that, Olympia Snowe can’t possibly be representing her constituents accurately because if she was, she would be on her hands and knees begging other Republicans for a National Health Care System with a single payer.
Snowe is betting that there are enough rich Republicans in Maine who don’t want universal health care to re-elect her. That’s it, that’s all.
Senator Collins is another story. Well actually, no it isn’t. It’s the same. Collins is on the Insurance Industry payroll just like all the others. Her public statements, both written and oral, have indicated she is flat out against what she calls a “Washington-run” health care system. She is also against any single payer system. Well, she is part of “Washington”. Is she saying that she doesn’t trust herself not to run a corruption-free universal health care system? Or is she saying that she can’t vote FOR health care reform because she can’t afford not to get campaign contributions from Aetna, Unum, or Blue Cross, all of whom have a big presence in Maine. The answer? Both.
I have called Senator Collins’ office many times as well. I’ve asked what her position is on healthcare. I get the same thing – “What is YOUR position on health care and I will relay that message to her”. Here we go. Another one of my “employees” who won’t tell me what her position is on health care reform. I don’t know how the hell this woman got re-elected in 2008. She’s sitting pretty now and must owe here contributors a LOT of favors. Every time I watch her on television in an interview, she is cagey, evasive, and can’t seem to come up with just one straight answer; everything is hedged.
I dont’ believe that Senators Collins and Snowe should have health insurance for themselves, paid for by me, until all of the citizens of Maine have the same opportunities that they do to get coverage. Why is this such a bad idea? I pay their salaries. She has one of the richest insurance plans available. And I am going broke trying to pay for my medical expenses.
Collins and Snowe: You were elected by the people and for the people. It’s time you did your jobs. Listen to the citizens of Maine, not your own opinions and re-elections tactics. You are in Washington to represent us, not yourselves.
Until you both give up your healthcare in solidarity, and until at least every Maine citizen has affordable, universal health care, I will continue to call you out, and call you nothing but phony. You don’t know how lucky you are that the people in Maine who DON’T follow politics simply recognize your name and pull the lever on Election Day.