Sen. Thune: No GOP Votes For Any Health Care Bill

August 25, 2009 5:34 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

On a conference call with reporters, Sen. Thune indicated that Republicans won't support any health care bill, even if Democrats completely abandon the notion of comprehensive reform.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) offered another clear signal today that Republicans aren't interested in bipartisan health insurance reform.  On a conference call with reporters, "Thune said he cannot foresee any Republican votes in the Senate for any healthcare bill" being discussed. Instead, he indicated that only smaller incremental reforms are likely to win any GOP support.  But still, he warned that Republicans might not support any bill at all because they don't trust Democrats not to rewrite it in conference:

In a conference call with reporters, Thune argued that an incremental approach to health care reform is "the only way to end up with a bipartisan bill." But he warned the greatest hurdle to such a solution could end up being Republicans' unwillingness to trust Democratic leaders to not use the conference process to rewrite a rifle-shot bill into a fully comprehensive bill.

So, basically, even if Democrats completely abandon the notion of comprehensive reform, Republicans still won't support anything.

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