Republicans hit airwaves to push for restarting the health-care process

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Top Republicans took to the Sunday morning news shows to say the best way to solve the health-care crisis is to ditch President Barack Obama’s bill and go back to the drawing board.

“I don’t know one Republican who does not want health care reform,” Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch told John King on CNN’s State of the Union, arguing that Republicans “weren’t even involved in this process.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican’s minority leader, said on NBC’s Meet the Press that last week’s special election in Massachusetts, where Republican Scott Brown was victorious, sent a message that people want legislators to “stop and start over” the health reform process.

Republican Sen. John McCain, on CBS’ Face the Nation, said that Republicans would be willing to start the process again because “there are many things we can do,” to meet common ground with Democrats, like malpractice reform and transportability of coverage across state lines.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, also on Face the Nation, disputed the notion that Democrats did not include Republicans in health-care negotiations.

Sen. Dick Durbin says Republican included in health-care negotiations

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