Hatch: I Sincerely Doubt Snowe or Collins Will Support Health Care Reform

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What did conservative Republicans think of President Obama’s health care speech last night? Not very much, apparently. Sen Orrin Hatch (R-UT)–who, you’ll recall was a part of the “gang of six” back when it was the “gang of seven”–even went so far as to predict that the proposal Obama outlined would get zero Republican votes. No Collins. No Snowe.

“I really sincerely doubt if Olympia or Susan will go with them. I really sincerely doubt that Chuck Grassley and Senator Enzi will go with them,” Hatch said.

The one thing the President said where people can get insurance across state lines, anywhere in the country, lowest possible prices they can, that’s a good idea but that’s an idea that Republicans came up with long ago. That takes some conservative Democrats came up with that as well. When he talked about medical liability reform, he is talking about, you know, small projects. We don’t need small projects.

We’ll have video for you shortly. And, we’ll try to get an answer from Sens. Snowe and Collins on what they think of Hatch’s powers of prognostication.

Late update: Video Below.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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