Hatch speaks on health care reform, criticizes Obama plan

Hatch speaks on health care reform, criticizes Obama plan

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says health care reform is something he and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy could have done together. But Hatch is speaking out against passing what he calls a bad reform bill in the Massachusetts senator's name.

Hatch says Kennedy's death could galvanize democrats to get behind a health care reform bill and pass it. But he says that's not necessarily a good thing.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Hatch blasted President Obama's health care reform Wednesday before a conservative audience at the Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City. The Utah senator says a public insurance option would dismantle the private insurance market.

Hatch says he's upset at people he believes are trying to take advantage of Kennedy's death in the name of health care reform. He says Kennedy wouldn't want a bill passed if it wasn't good.

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