Monday, April 27, 2009
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a supposedly moderate Republican who fumed about pandemic funding in health care spending in exchange for her support of a watered-down version of the President Obama’s stimulus bill staunchly said:
“Does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill No, we should not.”
Even now, in light of the out-of-control Swine flu outbreak that appears poised to become a genuine pandemic, Collins continues to use her official website to highlight the fact that she led the fight to strip the pandemic preparedness money out of the Senate’s version of the stimulus measure.
So, you may ask, what would make Sen. Collins so vehemently opposed to pandemic preparedness? Two words: Karl Rove.
Rove had criticized the inclusion of “$462 million for the Centers for Disease Control, and $900 million for pandemic flu preparations,” on the grounds that “health care also added jobs” in the previous year. Such expenditures were, to Rove, “disturbing” and an example of President Obama’s “lack of engagement and leadership.” Apparently, Collins agreed.