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Roberts rejects health care compromise

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was among the GOP lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee who rejected out of hand the health care reform compromise offered by committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. Roberts said he had no confidence that the compromises ultimately would be honored. "All indications are that this bill will be pulled increasingly toward more cost, more regulations and more rationing as it continues through this process," Roberts said Tuesday. He also downplayed the size of the health insurance problem, saying that the reforms would "gain insurance coverage for a relatively small number of uninsured Americans" and that "in Kansas and throughout this country, people largely just want to be left the heck alone."