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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17 2013 1:10 p.m. MDT

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tranquility base, 00

Not secure enough? It the states that run the exchanges Senator, so secure it.

That's almost the lamest excuse I've heard so far next to death panels.

Springville, UT

Wow, Orrin is really stretching. Maybe he should just divert some of the resources of the security apparatus to the issues that affect and help the people. Do we need how many security agencies, or almost a million people with security clearances? The GOP is getting more nonsensical by the minute. How about some real leadership.

Viva la Migra
American Fork, UT

There was an article published yesterday describing the new invasive questions that the Federal government will require doctors to ask their patients, even if it's completely unrelated to the reason why you're seeing that doctor. You could go get a cast taken off and be asked about your sexual history, how many partners you've had, including intimate details about any things you've done. They also want to know about any drugs you've ever taken prescribed or not. All of this information will be put into the massive new health exchange database which is secured behind an untested firewall (as described here by Hatch).

Just last week a contractor with access to the exchange inadvertently sent out the private medical records for 2400 people, which included unencrypted social security numbers, names, and medical history.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Security now?

Nice excuse Orrin. What's funny is that security for Obamacare wasn't a concern when Orrin Hatch and the Heritage Foundation sponsored Hatchcare (Obamacare) in the 90s.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Could you imagine what our country would be like if all these repubs would have spent just half of their energy on fixing the economy or health care system as they have to oppose Obama?


There are lots of good reasons to de-fund Obamacare. The security issue is just one of them.

Hopefully Sen. Hatch will join with the conservative senators who will give Mr. Obama EVERYTHING he wants in his budget - except Obamacare.

But......I'm not holding my breath. He tends to "reach across the aisle" on most issues the democrats want. Regardless of what he says when running for election!

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

So the Republicans have been stripping funds for the implementation of Obamacare, making HHS shift funds from other programs, and now they're concerned that it's not ready? What a crock.

tranquility base, 00

I'm ready, we can draw a line down the middle of the country. You live like Alabama and I'll live like the socialists in California. Done deal. Don't come begging later either.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"There are lots of good reasons to de-fund Obamacare. The security issue is just one of them"

And return back to what we had before?

You obviously don't have pre-existing conditions.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

I agree with Senator Hatch. We're just beginning to see how the government has intruded into our lives. NSA is listening to every conversation and scanning every email. They have no warrant signed by a judge to do that. Does anyone think the government will not misuse any data collected by ObamaCare? Does anyone think that the government will provide healthcare when it will be able to exclude anyone who has a "self-induced" illness?

The government has already shown us that it would let a 10-year-old die who had a pre-existing condition, but needed a transplant that would save her life. To the government, that little girl's life was unimportant. The government did not respond until public pressure forced Kathleen Sebelius to allow that procedure.

Are we to expect that we'll have to rely on public pressure to get the health-care that we need when the government controls life and death?

Foolish people allow the government to intrude into their lives. They turn over their personal responsibilities to the government and expect others to pay for their personal welfare.

Senator Hatch is right.

one old man
Ogden, UT

La Migra -- may we see some documentation of that outlandish claim?

Here, UT

Orrin will do/say anything to ensure that poor Americans remain uninsured so that their homes can be repossessed by banks, and their life-savings (what teensy amount it is) can be sucked out of their bank accounts by the medical industry.

Silver Spring, MD

@Mike Richards

I am not familiar with the case you cite about the 10-year old child with a pre-existing condition, but with respect, I don't understand your point.

Had the ACA never been passed, would her parents' insurance company have insured her? Would they have covered her pre-existing condition? How were conditions before the ACA better for her than they were after?

I think we can fault the ACA for not going far enough in correcting what was wrong with the insurance industry and healthcare coverage in general.

What I don't think makes sense is claiming that the ACA is to blame for making things worse for this little girl. If you have information to show that the ACA forced a negative change in her existing coverage, please say so.

Otherwise, you are on my side in arguing that the ACA needs to be strengthened and broadened.


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