Senator Hatch Decides to Duck Out of Health Care Reform Negotiations
Posted Jul 23 2009 10:35pm
He feels he just should not be there now, and I can imagine how heated it is….and will it ever get out of the Finance Committee. President Obama said this evening in his speech if you don’t put a time limit on things in this town, you can wait for a very long time. BD
A senior Republican senator who sits on the two Senate committees dealing with health care legislation said Wednesday that he is stepping away from the negotiating table, citing concerns about the towering cost of the plans on the table and the lack of bipartisanship.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah had been part of a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers trying to hash out a health care reform compromise, but he has been absent from the talks for more than a week. He sits on the Finance Committee, where the bill is stuck, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which approved its version of the package last week.