Omaha Public Radio News
2:03 pm
Mon January 25, 2010

Chuck Hagel: health care reform 'probably dead' unless lawmakers can compromise

Omaha, NE – A former U.S. Senator from Nebraska believes the House and Senate's health care reform bills are "probably dead."

Chuck Hagel spoke Monday in Omaha before an event to benefit PTSD treatment services for military veterans. Hagel left office in 2008 after representing Nebraska in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. He's now a distinguished professor at Georgetown University and chairman of the Atlantic Council.

Hagel says the House and Senate still have an opportunity to find areas of agreement on health care reform. One way that'll be accomplished, according to Hagel, is for Congress to act in the best interest of Americans instead of searching for party victories.

Hagel also discussed the President's upcoming State of the Union address. He says President Obama should confront the issues facing the nation and lay out for Americans where he intends to take the country over the next three years.