Don't you love when Republicans talk about bipartisanship? What these gasbags like Orrin Hatch really mean is: "You better do it our way or we'll hold our breath until we turn blue and then go in the corner."
I saw him say this on CNN yesterday and as usual he was on FOX too spewing the same BS. It was typical of how conservatives think about the idea of cooperation and or [gasp] bipartisanship.
"At a time when major government programs like Medicare and Medicaid are already on a path to fiscal insolvency, creating a brand new government program will not only worsen our long-term financial outlook but also negatively impact American families who enjoy the private coverage of their choice," said the letter, signed by all but one of the Finance Republicans.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Democrats would live to regret it if they insist on a public plan.
"Democrats know that if they go to a totally partisan approach like the president has suggested they're going to eat that the rest of their lives," said Hatch, who circulated the letter to Obama.
"I'll be glad to help them, but not with a public plan," Hatch, referring to the Democrats, told Fox News.
I'm for the single payer plan, but it's already been shot down by the president, so the only alternative that we can fight for is a robust "public option." This plan by the Congressional Progressive Caucus spells it out really well.