Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today is apparently angry over a protest organized by MoveOn.org that took place near his Salt Lake City office. Protesters criticized him over alleged donations from the insurance industry. In July he pulled out of negotiations over health care legislation saying he didn’t support it. He claimed it was too big an expansion of government and too costly.
He said on MSNBC today that he has the support of people all over the health care system, including insurers and that “everybody knows how much money you have to raise to run for the Senate.” He says he is supported by people who support the stands that he takes, and called MoveOn a “scurrilous organization” and that “they’re up to just one thing, and that is to smear good people.”
He also said “..they’re not gonna smear me without getting kicked in the teeth by me.”
So if I get this straight. There are staggering numbers of people in this country who don’t have health insurance, or can’t afford health insurance, and a large percentage who die because they don’t have health insurance. Yet Sen. Hatch won’t support health care legislation because it is too costly, and will be too big an expansion of government, and refuses to go along with negotiations because of that. He says on a video posted on TPM that it has been said that he has taken something like $900,000 but doesn’t know if that’s even true, and again, he says he is supported by people who support stands that he takes.
Like stands against health care?
Yet the only thing he is concerned about is that someone is trying to smear good people, and I presume by this he means himself?
Questions for Sen. Hatch: What about the lives of good people all over this country that will be ruined due to the lack of health insurance? What about the good people who will die for the same reason? What about good people who would benefit from health care legislation, but don’t because congressmen are playing politics and bailing out on negotiations because they aren’t going the way his party wants?
What about those “good people?” I think they are the ones who are getting kicked in the teeth.