HATCH FRUSTRATED WITH LACK OF BIPARTISAN PROGRESS ON HEALTHCARE REFORM

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and Finance Committees, today made the following statement regarding the first week of Committee consideration of Congress’ national health care reform legislation:

“Even at end of the first week of markup, we continue to work off an incomplete bill with no official scores or technical assistance from the administration,” said Hatch.

“Despite their continued promises of an open and honest debate, Congressional leaders continue to reject improvements to the bill designed to help American families with some of the most controversial provisions, including a Washington run government-plan and a job-killing employer mandate. It is an unacceptable way to legislate, especially on an issue affecting one-sixth of our economy.

“It is becoming abundantly clear that the arbitrary timelines and liberal policies are preventing the Senate from proceeding with a more thoughtful approach that could deliver bipartisan healthcare reform legislation all Americans would be proud of.”