Hatch Vows ‘Outright War’ if Democrats Use Reconciliation on Health Reform

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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) “threatened an all-out political ‘war’ and promised a new high in partisan tensions if Democrats employ a rarely used Senate rule to win approval of their health reform bill,” the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Hatch flat-out says that he expects Democrats “to go to reconciliation.”

Hatch said Thursday that using reconciliation would be “one of the worst grabs for power in the history of the country” that would permanently impact relations between the two parties.

“It is going to be outright war and it should be, because it would be such an abuse of the reconciliation rules,” Hatch said. “If they abuse those rules it is going to lead to even more heated animosities between not just the two parties, but even between individual senators.”

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8 responses to “Hatch Vows ‘Outright War’ if Democrats Use Reconciliation on Health Reform

  1. long list

    Here’s a long list of Republican use of Reconciliation

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/03/24/budget-reconciliation/

    - The 2001 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 1836, 3/26/01]
    – The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 2, 3/23/03]
    – Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 [HR 4297, 5/11/06]
    – The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [H. Con Res. 95, 12/21/05]

    • First off, reconcilitation is designed for use on budget measures. Obamacare is NOT a budget measure.

      Have any idea what the public support was for those examples you gave Einstein? You might want to pull that up before offering the comparison.

      If Dems attempt to shove government run healthcare down the throats of the 70-80% of us who don’t want it, the war won’t be limited to the Senate floor.

      Good luck with that.

      • Tony

        George, last time I checked (which was just now) that 70-80% you’re referring to was actually 54%…

      • Tim

        Except that certain aspects absolutely are. You don’t think the subsidies, whatever tax ends up being used, and (hopefully) a public option are budget related?

        What I hope happens is that the House passes the admittedly weak Senate bill as is, with a promise to add things to make it more tolerable via reconciliation.

    • Linda

      Did any of those items on your LONG LIST remake 1/6th of our economy? Maybe something this overreaching ought to have at least a super majority.

  2. Don L

    Reconciliation is okay because Bush used it? My My. Some people don’t understand that using a 30.06 for mule deer is acceptable but when you shoot trout in the hatchery with it, you go straight to joail-do not pass go, do not collect $200.

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