GOP's Snowe voting for Democrats' health care bill WASHINGTON - Forget Sarah Palin. The maverick female of the Republican Party is Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe. The 62-year-old, moderate Maine lawmaker announced Tuesday she will vote for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party and giving a major boost to President Barack Obama's goal of expanding coverage. "When history calls, history calls," Snowe told her colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee, several hours into the debate. Snowe had kept virtually all of Washington guessing how she would vote. She had not even let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in on her secret. Then she captured all of Washington's attention. "The status quo approach has produced one glaring common denominator, that is that we have a problem that is growing worse not better," she said in explaining her support for the bill. While she described the legislation as flawed, she said it bolsters what works in the nation's health care system as well as trying to rein in the rising costs of health care. Democrats, aware that Snowe could be the only Republican in Congress to vote for their health care overhaul, have spent months addressing her concerns about making it affordable and how to pay for it. Obama has sought her vote in phone calls and meetings. Snowe made clear to her Democratic colleagues that her support could be a one-shot deal. "My vote today is my vote today. It does not forecast my vote tomorrow," she said. With her support, however, Democrats might have the 60th vote required to overcome Republican objections to the bill. Snowe's support would mean that the final version of the bill could - technically - be called bipartisan, a key tenet of Obama's agenda. Snowe has broken with her party on several occasions http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...6ERFgD9BAC6PO5 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When Republicans give cover to Democrats over health care or cap and trade, it hurts the Republicans and the people who voted for a Republicans to represent them...They did not vote for a liberal Republican. They did not vote for a Benedict Arnold. When the Democrats' policies fail.....they can say that they had a bi-partisan decision when one Republican votes with the Democrats. They need to let the Democrats live with their failures. The Republicans need to separate themselves from the Democrats for this issue...They need to stick to their guns ....They need to listen to the town hall meetings. Cross overs like Snowe and Grahamnesty are blowing it for the Republicans. LET THE DEMOCRATS HANG THEMSELVES! It looks like the public option is back on the table and it's not going to go well with the American people. The middle class will be subject to health care rationing and higher taxes. If you have private health care....it will go up dramatically. We the silent majority don't have a voice in this. Today we moved closer to government run health care. Remember this during the next elections.