March 7th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Hatch: Dems will live with reconciliation vote for ‘the rest of their lives’

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Orrin Hatch said Sunday that if Democrats use reconciliation to pass health care reform, ‘they’re going to have to live with it the rest of their lives.’"] Washington (CNN) - Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch told CNN Sunday that if Democrats use the parliamentary procedure known as reconciliation to pass health care reform, “they’re going to have to live with it the rest of their lives.”

“The American people aren’t going to put up with it,” Hatch added.

The Utah Republican has long been an opponent to Democratic health care proposals. In December, Hatch called Senate health care legislation “one lousy bill” that “could wreck our country.”

Hatch also accused House Democratic leaders of taking reconciliation too far.

“There’s no question that they are basically abusing the reconciliation rules,” he said. “What they want to do is, if they can, pass the Senate bill over there [in the House], and since that would have huge reconciliation problems, they want to pass a minor reconciliation bill and then say that that had nothing to do with pushing through a bill that the American people don't want.”

Hatch cited recent polling that suggests a majority of Americans are against current health care proposals. A CNN poll released in January indicated that 48 percent of Americans wanted lawmakers to abandon current proposals and start from scatch.

“Only about 25 to 30 percent of them are for this bill and they’re generally people who want the federal government to do everything for them,” the six-term Senator said. “Their whole program is to push and push and push everything into the federal government. They think the almighty federal government is the answer to everything.”

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. catmomtx

    Yes they will. And they will also live with the fact that many people who had no access to affordable health care will then have the opportunity.

    I just wonder why since Republicans think this is the worse thing to ever happen to this country they don't go ahead and vote for it? I mean since they think it will ruin our country if they vote for it wouldn't it also ruin President Obama's Presidency? That is their ultimate goal any way.

    Any logical person would begin to think that something doesn't smell right since Republicans are all in a tizzy predicting dire consequences and the demise of the country just because people will have access to affordable health care. Watching their histrionics make me think that this bill might just be great for Americans. I believe that is exactly what they are afraid of. Once Americans find out that Republicans have been lying to them and that they will actually benefit from the bill and like it, oh my, they might just reward the Democratic party by voting for them rather than Republicans. How the heck could Republicans ever regain the power they crave again???

    March 7, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Kenny

    I am tired of all these bogus polls that are being cited as showing the public is against healthcare.A more accurate poll would be one that determines whether or not the public can even accurately identify what is in the bill.I am sure that they would not be able to, and by the same margins that are purported to be against the bill.The American public are too easily deceived by right wing lies.The repubs were able to convince the American public into believeing that Saddam Hussein was somehow linked to 9/11...any group of people who would believe that..... will believe anything.

    March 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |

    Sounds like another FEAR TACTIC to me.

    Republican Playbook:
    If the lies dont work, scare them,
    if the fear doesnt work, obstruct,
    if that doesnt work, say the most hypocritical thing possible.

    March 7, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    GOP will have to live with the fact that GWB told the biggest lie that led us into war and it was they who were in power on 9/11 both of which have caused thousands of lives and counting. It was they, the GOP, who stated over and over gain the people of Iraq deserve the right to live in a free and democratic society but they never said we Americans would pay for it but they do say Americans don't need healthcare reform because it cost too much like the war doesn't cause a dime.

    March 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. CAW in MD

    Yes, they will have to live the rest of their lives in the knowledge that they got over 30 million more Americans insured, prevented insurance companies from arbitarily raising rates or cutting people off due to existing conditions, and at least set the stage for saving real money on health care that is now bankrupting the nation.

    If I was a Democrat, I could live with that. My question is, as a Republican, can you live with not being part of that?

    March 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Mary in CT


    The GOP's only objective is to prevent the democratic majority from accomplishing anything so that it can say in November that dems can't govern. Anyone who thinks this is about anything else is a fool.

    March 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Thank you Massachusetts

    We don't want socialized health care. The government can't manage anything right.
    J.C. – Independent 4 Public Option – we need to crack down on fraud, bogus malpractice suits, etc. – not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Oh wait, do you have a job?

    March 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. maf

    Of all the legislation passed by reconciliation in the past (22 times), who really cares how it was done? We had to be reminded of which party used this process and for what bills it was used on. If there continues to be complete negation by the party of NO, even though there are parts of the bill that they demanded, then there really is no choice for the President. Get with it!!

    March 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. eli o

    Thank you GOP for standing up for the people. Keep government small. They do not need to be in healthcare.

    March 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Lee Bartholomew

    As Orin will since he's done tons of other reconciliation votes that drove the debt up.

    As far as abusing rules... Republicans are vastly abusing the fillabuster beyond whatever anybody would have possibly imagined.

    March 7, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Lori in Texas

    Yes, they will live with it for the rest of their lives and so will, thanks to those Dems, many sick Americans who can't afford to see a doctor today.

    Orrin "The Taxpayers Pay For My Healthcare Insurance, But I Don't Give A Crap About Them" Hatch – Thanks so much for caring!

    March 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. roger in ga

    Senator Hatch will live what miserable life he has left knowing that he supported the wrong side of history. He is just another component of the Wholly Owned and Operated arm of the Insurance Industry known as The Republican Party. That includes the Under Cover Republicans that pose every day as Democrats.

    March 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. vail beach

    JC,have you noticed what's in the bill is the biggest giveaway to corporations in history? 31 million new customers REQUIRED to buy health insurance, with premiums for most of them subsidized by taxpayers? The "complex" you cite is loving Obamacare–and lobbying hard for it.

    March 7, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Anne-Marie

    Just like the Republicans will have to live with all the reconciliations that they passed during the Bush years. They lived and very happily I might add considering the mess left behind because of some of these.

    I'm sure the Democrats will be able to live with having provided help for millions of people!

    March 7, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Newton

    Yeh, just like we have had to live with the recessionary consequences of Bush's for-the-rich-only tax cuts!

    March 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Sick of the Lies

    Just another Republican who can not tell a truth. Sadly, the public is so uninformed that the lies that are constantly being pushed by the GOP are believed. Senator Hatch is a liar that has sold out his fellow citizens to line his pockets. He is a disgraceful human being. Unfortunately, he is just one of many on the Hill.

    March 7, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Tyler Henderson

    Key word: Live

    It's definitely something I'm willing to stand by for the rest of my life.

    March 7, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. GOP Mantra

    Party before Country
    Corporations before People
    Me before You

    So shameless and so soulless.

    March 7, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. john

    So do republicans with their tax cuts for the rich reconciliation vote.

    March 7, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Blutarski

    Senator Byrd (D) WV thinks it is a mistake, and is urging his colleagues not to use it. As he stated, "Senators are obliged to exercise their best judgement when invoking their right to extended debate," "They should also be obliged to actually filibuster-that is, go to the floor and talk, instead of finding less strenuous ways to accomplich the same end." He also stated "The Senate is the only place in government where the rights of a numerical minority are so protected. Majorities change wtih elections. A minority can be right, and minority views can certainly improve legislation." "Extended deliberation and debate-when employed judiciously-protect every senator, and the interests of their constituency, and are essential to the protection of the liberties of a free people,"

    March 7, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Rethuglicans

    They will live with giving health care to millions, saving families from untold hardships trying to afford to stay alive, talking about bills while they just try to survive for their children. The rethuglicans have no shame, they are so disconnected, so extremely rich that they just can't put themselve's in anyone elses shoes because they can afford to have cancer.

    March 7, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. AndyBlue

    The GOP message goes in a circle from frear, obstruct, accuse, disgrace, missinform, death squads, paranoia, anger then back to fear.

    I'll take "HOPE anyday over such negativity.

    To the teabaggers out there all I can say is... Boo!

    March 7, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. thanks, but no thanks

    Yeh Senator Hatch,
    like they lived with social security, medicare for elders, health care for children, and other hundreds progressive pieces of legislation. Now, l have a question for you Senator Hatch: How do you live with the fact that you voted for an unwarranted war that killed thousand of our troops when our commander in chief ex-president Bush was mimicking journalists in the white house dinner looking for WMD behind curtains. Maybe, he was being a clown, yet very expensive clown. Please, tell me Senator Hatch how do you live with that and the fact that your party has never pass any progressive legislation so far only tax breaks for your friends. You should be ashamed Senator.

    March 7, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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