Destined to Be a Partisan Health Bill After All
After all the threats, tirades and political posturing surrounding the importance of winning a bipartisan health reform bill, it appears that the legislation being drafted by leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, headed by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), is on its way to attracting no Republicans after all.
Or so says Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a member of the Finance panel who told MSNBC today that he “can’t support what Sen. Baucus is arguing for, and I’m not sure any Republicans can.”
Hatch said “there’s no question” that the bill that emerges will be a partisan proposal, adding that he “really sincerely doubt[s]” that it would win the votes of even the moderate Maine Republicans, Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.
So much for the art of compromise from the world’s greatest deliberative body.
h/t: The Hill