President Barack Obama says he is open to the best ideas about health care reform even if they come from Republicans and he has proposed a summit where the two parties get together to work on the issue.Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is skeptical about that idea. Sen. Hatch says he fears the worst could happen and that Obama could push through the awful Democratic bill by using a tactic known as Reconciliation, allowing consideration of a contentious bill with only a 51 vote margin and without the threat of a filibuster in the Senate. Sen. Hatch says if that happens the whole country will suffer.”We’re already spending $2.4 trillion on health care in this country,” Sen. Hatch says. “Their bill, the Democrats’ bill, would add an additional $2.5 trillion.”The President has called for a summit but he’s unwilling to start over on a step-by-step basis beginning with all of the issues that Republicans and Democrats can come together on. In other words, they’re just saying ‘we want to use the same Democrat-controlled, Democrat-inspired, Democrat-written bill without one Republican input.'” Sen. Hatch told KVNU one area where the parties probably agree on is the number of junk lawsuits that ought to be reduced. Also, he says Democrats and Republicans should work together to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse.
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