* U.S. equipment orders down 10 pct-15 pct
* Says debate freezes capital expenditures
BOSTON Oct 20 The head of General Electric Co
(GE.N) said on Tuesday that the U.S. debate on reforming the
health care system has hurt his business by prompting hospital
executives to put off making new orders.
"The prospect of health care reform is actually worse than
health care reform itself. Both of these things freeze capital
expenditures in the marketplace," said John Dineen, president
and chief executive of GE Healthcare.
U.S. equipment offers have been down by 10 percent to 15
percent so far this year, Dineen told analysts.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing Bernard Orr)