Olympia Snowe supports lawsuit against health care reform law

Well, all that time wooing Olympia Snowe really paid off for Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Jim Messina. Not only did Snowe end up supporting the GOP filibuster and voting against the bill, she’s now supporting a lawsuit against the new law, as is Susan Collins:

Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are co-signing an amicus, or friend of the court, brief to be submitted to the federal court in Florida that will hear a constitutional challenge of the federal health care reform law.

The brief was initiated by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and boasts signatures of 30 Senate Republicans. The lawsuit was brought by the attorneys general for several states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small-business trade organization.

At issue is a requirement that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance beginning in 2014 or face a fine — known as the “individual mandate.”

Snowe and Collins usually do what Mitch McConnell tells them to do.

And, don’t forget, Maine’s Republican Party has been taken over by teabaggers and Olympia is on the ballot in 2012. She’s desperately trying to burnish her right-wing cred. As if they’ll buy it.


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