Hatch: Health bill bad and will get worse
By Matt Canham
The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 10/13/2009 01:52:58 PM MDT
Washington » Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch couldn’t swallow the health-reform bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee, and he expects the plan only to get bigger, more costly and more unpalatable in weeks to come.
“There are so many things about this bill I don’t like and yet, this is going to be as good as it gets,” he said of the $829 billion proposal that seeks to place new restrictions on the insurance industry and expand coverage to about 29 million uninsured Americans.
With Tuesday’s 14-9 vote, five congressional committees now have passed health-reform proposals. Democratic leaders are working to combine those efforts, largely out of public view, before the debate moves to the full House and Senate.
Hatch expects the combined bills to include ideas — such as a government insurance option — that he vigorously opposes.