Sen. Collins ventured to the White House today to talk health care:
Obama met at the White House with Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.Fair enough. But more important: What does the junior senator think about the content of the plans moving through Congress? Could she support the House bill? The legislation emerging from the Senate committees?
"I urged him not to rush consideration of the bill," Collins told reporters later. "This bill is going to affect virtually every American. If the president tries to rush this through in the next two weeks...I fear the process will be very divisive."
Are there popular ideas that she considers off the table? Reform features that she can't live without?
Or does she believe--as one might infer from her near-silence on the substance of health care policy coupled with her persistent calls for a go-slow approach--that the most important thing about health care reform is the timing?