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.”

Filed under: Health care • Orrin Hatch
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    We've had to live with policy put forth by a bunch of knee jerk, reactionary, right wing neo-cons for a long time. What kindof veiled threat is it to live with reconciliation? Do the nation a favor, and start believing interm limits. You've made your millions, but preach to the trailer dwellers that you're not elitist. How sad..

    March 7, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Jerry

    I've been waiting all my adult life, 30+ years, for health care reform. Not only will Democrats live with the results, so will millions of others who are without decent insurance or care. And so will Republicans who will benefit from reform long after they've stopped screaming about it and moved on to the next hot-button issue of the day. But ONLY if reform is passed. This is the time for reform. Do it right and do it now. Use reconciliation, use sticks and baseball bats, use whatever means you have available. You've played with this issue and strung the American people along for the past year. Now grow yourself a pair, step up, and VOTE.

    March 7, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. For the record

    For the record, you're wrong Mr. Hatch. I'm one of those people who believe the Government should stay out of our lives. However, I'm also not naive enough to think that the Free Market is the answer to everything either. When the free market fails to do what is necessary to do right by the public, the role of Government is to step in; and that is precisely what is being done here Mr. Hatch.

    As is the case with most Republicans these days, you don't have your facts straight, you're lying through your teeth to protect your cronies in the insurance industry, and you are part of the problem instead of the solution.

    By whatever means necessary, I genuinely hope this bill passes; for the good of the country, let it pass.

    March 7, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. normajean

    The Republicans are forever telling us what we the voting public want or don't want and yet I don't know anyone, friend or family that has ever been asked. I for one, am sick and tired of them speaking for me. The majority of our citizens voted in the current administration and I think they should be given more than a year and a half to clean up eight years of screwups and fraud including 3 billion dollars sent to Iraq that just disappeared,{check Google}In the private sector, a lot of these people would be joining Mr. Madoff. Time for them to help or shut up.

    March 7, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. ahetch

    The republicans are always saying "the Americans don't want this bill". Some Americans that are hoodwinked by fear by the health care lobbyists don't want it, that's true. But they are ignorant and never think for themselves. You're wrong, Hatch, most Americans do want health care insurance they can afford.

    Where was the GOP all of these years with no mention of fixing this outrageous system and now they say "yes, we have always wanted to fix health care, What a bunch of liars. They have never done anything for the good of the American people or even tried. But they're always on the lookout for a nice war.

    March 7, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. jane

    These Republicans are rediculous. Having used reconciliation so many times with impunity, they believe they are the only ones entitled to use it.

    If the health bill is passed - by whatever means– it will be a wonderful legacy for the President and those who voted for it. Republicans know this, and it's killin' them. They'll do everything they can to make it seem as though it's something evil, which I suppose it is if you're depending on the insurance industry to keep you in office.

    March 7, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Chicago11

    That would be an awesome legacy – imagine to have had the courage to do what was right for America at the right time!

    March 7, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. ronalde

    So what if they get it right,the repugs will have to live with voting no. the repugs said some of the same things about the medicare bill and it survived so will health care reform,and in time this bill will be made better.

    March 7, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. JLM

    They will live with it the same way Bush and the GOP lived with it.

    March 7, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Sean

    That's right Orrin....they'll live with it for the rest of their longer, healthier lives since they'll finally be able to afford quality health care.

    Meanwhile, you can live for the rest of your life with the fact that you rammed through tax cuts for the rich using the same method.

    Stop trying to play the American people for idiots, you disingenuous, self-serving jerk.

    March 7, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. JP

    Reconciliation was created to be a tool to pass budgets not create new entitlements we can't afford.

    March 7, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Andy from NYC

    Any reliance on the private sector to address the basic needs of human beings is folly. This is a human rights issue. Therein lies the philosophical difference between Democrats and Republicans. One party gives a crap while the other does not. It's a miracle how New Deal policies were ever instituted in the United States and how the GOP has been unsuccessful in overturning them.

    March 7, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. OhioRon

    J.C. Please remember this when your quality of Health care declines and you are refused surgery due it being medically unnecessary. Thanks Dems for really looking out for us. (tongue in cheek)

    March 7, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. disgustedwithgopintexas

    People die every day in this country from lack of insurance and medical care. People with insurance are denied care every day in this country. Senator Orrin Hatch and his ilk live comfy spoiled lives with the best medical coverage available.. a Gov't health care plan . I don't know how he can live with himself.

    March 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. kgeukes Michigan

    Orrin Hatch has no idea what we want 'cos he doesn't listen to anyone but his repuke friends...We want health care for all just like what he's got...but we won't get that...we'll get a very watered down version because they care more about the ins.cos., instead of the people WHO PAY THEIR SALARIES!!!!!!!!!! Get a clue or a new job....your choice!!!!!

    March 7, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Orrin Hatch is the republican that quit a bipartisan committee so he could devote full time to push BCS rulings through congress. Now he's really doing what all Americans need for a better life - NOT.

    March 7, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Leith

    Ah! I love the smell of melodrama in the morning!

    Can Mr. Hatch live with voting to expand the deficit into multiple trillions to give a gigantic tax break to the wealthiest of the wealthy (in a reconciliation vote with so much less support than this bill that the VP had to break the tie)? Can he live with voting to throw the US into a disastrous and vicious war of preemption that the opposition has to get us out of? Can he live with knee-jerk naysaying for the sole purpose of making the president and the country fail? Can he live with taking the filibuster so far that the American people are sick of putting up with it?

    Can the Democrats live with preventing the needless deaths of 45,000 Americans a year die from lack of health insurance? Can they live with preventing hundreds of thousands (if not millions) more from financial ruin due to runaway health care bills?

    The senators and representatives who are planning on voting "yes" to reform are nodding and looking forward to living with it for the rest of their lives.

    The honorable senator from Utah may love America, but he seems to hate its citizens.

    March 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Kat

    I would rather get robbed by the Insurance Company's than our government. At least they create jobs. Listen to the people BHO. We said NO!!!

    March 7, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Desmond in Canada

    A vote that will benefit millions of suffering US citizens, – even though it will not be as good as ours here in Canada, because of the self-interest of politicians beholden to the insurance companies

    March 7, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. John in WV

    The republicans continue to say it's the American people who don't want health reform. That's to say that the American people are OK with rising premiums, cancellations to the sick and refusal to provide for those who have been sick. It's to say people are OK with nearly 50 million Americans doing without health care. It's to say that the American people didn't want tax breaks for the rich but the repubs used reconciliation twice to ram it through anyway. COME ON REPUBS, if you are sincere about starting over on health care debate, admit who you truly represent. Get your buddies running the health care industry to lower premiums and stop punishing the sick so they can start all over with you.

    March 7, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    I really like the straightforward talk here from Senator Hatch. It's so true. The Democrats from Obama down said themselves that they would not use reconciliation to pass health care reform. Why do you think they made these expensive deals with their own Senators if Reconciliation was appropriate?!?! They could have passed it long ago and with fewer back room deals if Reconciliation was the correct way to go. By their own actions and words they said it was not. It is still not appropriate, but Obama's ego apparently trumps America's best interest and the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Americans.

    March 7, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Oh like Bush and his filthy administration and GOP Congress will have to live with the lies of IRAQ for the rest of their lives?

    March 7, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Perusing-through


    So I guess Orrin Hatch want the Health Insurance industry to continue plundering the American middle-class and to help make America a 'third world' country. Because that is exactly where the U.S. is going if the Republicans continue stealing from the middle-class while lining the pockets of the corporate elites.

    March 7, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Hatch is a hack

    "The American People aren't going to put up with" a MAJORITY of elected officials making very minor budgetary changes to a bill that has already been passed, through a system designed exactly for that purpose and which has been used dozens of times by both parties in recent years to pass much more substantive policies? Really?

    What planet are you living on, Mr. Hatch?

    March 7, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    And the party of no will live with their support of the status quo and the big insurance companies for the rest of their lives.

    March 7, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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