December 23rd, 2009
05:10 PM ET
8 years ago

Hatch: 'This is one lousy bill'

Washington (CNN) – On the eve of the Senate’s landmark health care vote, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch called the legislation a “lousy bill” that “could wreck our country.”

The Utah Republican told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux Wednesday that Democrats have an “arrogance of power” thanks to their 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority and that “they think that they can do whatever they want regardless of what's right or what's wrong.” He said he wished that there had been more bipartisanship, and that his party needed to have more say in the overall bill.

“If it's just a straight partisan bill that's this important, then you know it's a lousy bill,” Hatch said. “And I can tell you, this is one lousy bill. They can be very proud of what they've done, except that what they've done could wreck our country. And I think we've got to all stand up and start letting them hear from us.”

Hatch again accused his Democratic colleagues of getting special deals – in the form of millions of extra dollars for their states – in return for their votes for cloture. Hatch received $50 million for his amendment for abstinence-only education, but drew a distinction on that funding, because he said he “didn't do that for me. I did that for our children throughout our society.”

“I think that's what's wrong with Washington,” Hatch said. “This is what people complain about - Washington doing things that just get them reelected rather than doing things that, over the long run, are right.”

Although Hatch said there are some parts of the bill he could support – like his Elder Justice Act, which would protect elderly people from abuse in nursing homes. But overall, he said lawmakers shouldn’t “wreck the country” to get amendments that they want passed or extra money for their states.

“And if the bill is good - and it is good, we'll get it passed sooner or later,” Hatch said. And so why would we do that just because we want one thing or another thing?”

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. annie against biased news

    Good someone please tell me why the so-called president and the demon-crats are so proud to be passing a bill that will destroy the USA?

    December 23, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. charlie in Maine

    You are one lousy Senator.

    Okay now we are even.

    December 23, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Russ

    Gee, Orrin, you and your buddies made it that way. It would have actually been something we could call reform if it wasn't for you and your insurance, and pharmaceutical buddies. Thanks for being such a lousy Senator. If we waited for you and the other Republicans to come up with health care reform we would all be dead and wouldn't need it. Oh and the elder Justice Act is good? At least most of those people already have insurance......most likely the socialist type....Social Security!! Mormon Moron!

    December 23, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. CBR

    Senator Hatch,

    What did you and your fellow Republicans do to make the bill better? I think the answer is nothing. So how do you account for the salary you are being paid by taxpayers?

    December 23, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Suzanne

    The Democrats still seem to believe that they know best and the American public is stupid. They haven’t actually read the bill but they are "sure" it’s the right thing to do.
    Oh well, they are playing with fire as far as I am concerned. If their policies do not start making a difference by March, I will be voting hard against them.

    December 23, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    The sad thing here is, at this point they'll pass whatever gets every Democrat they need to vote on it. Forget about what works or even less what America wants. These are not things that concern congress right now.

    They will cram through whatever fits and let the next few generations worry about paying for it and dealing with the health care system that's left when they're done. More important is getting something Obama can point to and say, " Look, I did health care reform!".

    What a bunch of hypocrites, complaining about Karzai's government!

    December 23, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Jim

    Hatch is one lousy Senator.

    December 23, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. lila

    If it were straight partisan it would be a single payer bill.

    December 23, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. tee

    If you say it enough .........people will believe it.....NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    Rep. Senator Orrnin Hatch said, Democrats have an “arrogance of power” thanks to their 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority and that “they think that they can do whatever they want regardless of what's right or what's wrong.”

    OK so your point is?

    I seem to recall that when Republicans had an “arrogance of power” thanks to their 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority and that “they thought that they could do whatever they want regardless of what's right or what's wrong.” AND THEY DID IT.


    I bet we would be a much better nation then and that fool Amadijhiad in Iran would not want to cross 'THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD".

    December 23, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Raja

    Whinney Piney GOPers, the party of NO, offer nothing, but keep complaining. You the one who wreck the country........
    I believe in karma, u do bad thing to other people, u will get bad thing my lips

    December 23, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Joe Yeager

    Mr. Hatch, could you contrast the failings of this legislation with that of the Republican Plan from the Bush Administration?

    December 23, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. erik

    What a pathetic chump. 60 yea vs 40 nay doesn't represent the "will of the people"? So what does? If it was a fist fight there would be a bunch of rupub trash in the hospital tonight while the Democrats laughed about it at the bar...

    This is simply political grandstanding from the obstructionist party, but I certainly don't know why this is even newsworthy. It is the only reaction these pigs are capable of, so it should come as no surprise..

    Republican politicians are the scum of the earth and their constituents are too blinded in their religious and/or greedy zeal to even take note..

    December 23, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Winnie

    That stupid Hatch. After all the times of not wanting to participate with the making of the health bill why is this idiot complaining now. This pitiful republican party just don't know how to play fair or have no concern for the people who elected them to represent the Americans. What a fool!!!

    December 23, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Yes, this is a lousy bill, because health insurance mandate is an expensive gift to the private health insurance industry at the expense of taxpayers.

    No Public Option, No Insurance Mandate.

    Why can't we just get together online and start a health insurance co-op as a nonprofit organization? We can have online signup and if the number of participants reaches certain level, the government has to step in and give us the 2 billion start-up fund. If we want to take care of our own health responsibly, what is there to stop us? What do you think?

    December 23, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. LIE-berman

    Shut your HATCH old man. You guys are against everythign before it gets started and you whine about partisanship?

    Let's see we have footage of Boehner giving camera a zero gesture BEFORE he met w/ Obama on stimulus and hadn't even seen a bill.

    Now we have have fairy duster Graham pre-announcing Republicans will hold out on Climate Change just as they did w/ health care.

    Sorry but maybe in Utah they can't watch anything other than Foxy News, but the REAL AMERICA knows your lies.

    I reiterate, shut your HATCH

    December 23, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Sam

    You got anything better to offer Senator? A dog that sits on the veranda and does nothing but bark loses his credibility sooner or later. You make more than 3 times more than an average FAMILY does and all you do for living is sit on the sidelines and cry boo? That is all that you Republicant's are capable of? Come on. You could have gotten involved and made it a non-lousy bill than just say no for crying out loud.

    December 23, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Mike D

    “didn't do that for me. I did that for our children throughout our society.”

    Sure you did.

    December 23, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Moderate Sean

    And Senator Hatch, you are one "whiney and lousy" Senator when it comes to using one ounce of common sense. God forbid, you and the other Republlicans do something to progress a social program that will benefit millions of American! The bill is not perfect, I admit, but something is always better than nothing at all! Folks, remember this when it comes to the voting both in 2010 and 2012!

    December 23, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. tmart

    Republicans are going to find that refusing to support this reform by the Democrats, and having done nothing themselves to address reform while they were in control, will REINFORCE to voters the fact that has been known for the last 40 years: that the Democrats care for "the little guy", and the Republicans care for "the rich". The Republicans are on the wrong side of history on this, and their party will suffer more in the long term because of it.

    December 23, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. For HRC IN NC

    Senator Hatch a lump of coal in your stocking and for other members of the PARTY OF NO. Oh by the Way Merry Christmas.

    December 23, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Pat

    It's funny to see the Repubicans squirm and whine after they had their way for 8 years and managed to screw up the country then. Waaaah.

    December 23, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Hey – we saw Hatch walk out of healthcare meetings so he could tend to more important matters than the health of US Citizens.

    He had to formulate a resolution on BCS rules. (Typical wealthy old white man with people-funded healthcare).

    December 23, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Michele

    You know, Senator, when you guys insist on 'my way or the highway,' that is not an effort at bipartisanship. The President tried, the Senate and House leadership included you, and repeatedly, you caved to the special interest groups and tea baggers and refused to talk. If you have such great ideas, why weren't they made public? I heard a lot of generalities, and no substance from you, or Dave Camp, or anyone else. And that money? Everyone who took money will say the same thing: it's for the betterment of my constituents. And that isn't a lie. For you to set yourself apart, though, and whine about Dem district money (which will help people of all parties) is pretty low. And if this bill is so bad, how about being part of the process to make it better? It is not a done deal yet.

    December 23, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. New Age Independent

    I think it's fairly obvious that our countries "quid pro quo" system is an embarrassment to the entire country. We need representatives that actually reflect the common man. We must eliminate this style of government or face the consequences of a corrupt government. Obama promised that this style of spending would be gone, yet it's in full force. Perhaps even worse.

    December 23, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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