Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, a member of the Finance and HELP committees, held a special blogger conference call to discuss the latest developments on health care reform, including the prospect of Democrats trying to jam it through via reconciliation. In an op-ed for The Washington Post this week, Sen. Hatch wrote, “This use of reconciliation to jam through this legislation, against the will of the American people, would be unprecedented in scope. And the havoc wrought would threaten our system of checks and balances, corrode the legislative process, degrade our system of government and damage the prospects of bipartisanship.”
The Senator describes the tortured and unprecedented parliamentary path the Dems will likely take to accomplish the Obamacare cramdown.
As many are aware, the President yesterday attempted to bribe Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) with an offer to put his brother Scott Matheson on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in return for a vote in support of Obamacare. Sen. Hatch said that he supported Scott Matheson’s nomination months ago and that this issue did not just materialize out of thin air. However, regardless of the timing, Sen. Hatch also said he talked to Rep. Matheson yesterday and the Senator believes Matheson won’t vote for the bill anyway.
The call runs about 45 minutes and Clyde and I each got in a couple of questions.