"Hatch delays health care mark-up by questioning constitutionality of individual health mandate."
During last night’s walk-through of the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) pulled out his bag of tricks to delay and obstruct the mark-up process. He asked waves of repetitive questions, insisted that the individual mandate provision was unconstitutional, and lectured Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) for allegedly caving to White House pressure and “rushing” — despite 9 months of grueling negotiations. “I certainly don’t want to be a clog or obnoxious about this,” Hatch said at one point, but added, “I’ve got plenty of questions.” Watch a compilation:
“We ought to look at these things seriously and we ought to ask all the questions that we have,” Hatch insisted, before proceeding to ask staffers with no experience in constitutional law at least four separate questions about the phony issue regarding the constitutionality of the individual mandate. The Wonk Room has more.