Hatch: Health care bill consists of ‘Chicago-style backroom buyoffs'

Hatch: Health care bill consists of ‘Chicago-style backroom buyoffs'



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(Photo: AP file)SALT LAKE CITY -- The Senate plans to vote on health care legislation Thursday morning, and many Democrats say it is about time.

But Republicans are hoping to convince colleagues to defeat this bill -- and that includes Utah's own Sen. Orrin Hatch, who spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Hatch slammed the current bill after deals were struck to get it to this point.

"This bill is a grab bag of the Chicago-style backroom buyoffs. It is nothing more than a private game of ‘Let's Make a Deal' with the special interest groups, financed by American taxpayers," Hatch said.

He said insurance companies and the government would benefit the most from the bill, since everyone would be forced to get insurance.

Hatch also said Americans would be bogged down with new taxes and fees, and businesses would also be saddled with more taxes, which could lead to reduced wages or lost jobs.

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