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Hatch Withdraws From Bipartisan Health Talks

Bill Clark/Roll Call
Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Wednesday that he has removed himself from the ongoing bipartisan health care negotiations in the Senate Finance Committee.

“The Finance Committee deserves credit for working in a bipartisan way. But I think the way to describe that is to say, they’re still trying to figure out the best way to go in the wrong direction,” Alexander said.

Hatch, sounding a similar note, reiterated that his problem isn’t with Baucus but with the final product Congress is likely to produce.

“I think he is really, sincerely trying to do a really good job. What I don’t want to do is misrepresent,” Hatch said. “These are colleagues I respect and appreciate, and I don’t want to misrepresent when I can’t support a number of the things that they’re doing.”

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