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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 4:15 p.m. MDT

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Bluffdale, UT

its so funny that so many are aganist the healthcare bill and no nothing about it. doing nothing was not working. corporate health care is being done away with at a record rate. if a company needs more money for stock holders they go after labor first. or they ship jobs over seas. something both parties did to this country by making the tax laws the candy shop of the rich and corpoation. payroll insurance is drying up. this may be last stand of the working class to have a good life. our children already are facing housing that costs more than in history. colledge costs are making the lower middle class unable to go to colledge. we will soon only have 2 class system.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Nice to see good and decent people in his own party distancing themselves from Lee.
He is one term and gone, and thank heavens for that.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

With the behavior of Lee and his ilk, all this does is guarantee that Hillary Clinton will be our next President.
Likely a two-term President.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@IMAPatriot2 – “we don't want to replace Obamacare with anything.”

Thank you for your honest & guileless… refreshing these days. And I strongly suspect most conservatives would agree with you – why can’t more people just say what they think.

So there you have it folks… conservatives simply want us to return to the dysfunctional and bankruptcy generating healthcare system we had, end of story.

Keep in mind, this was a system that tens of millions of Americans had no access to (short of collapsing outside an Emergency Room) with millions more being priced out in the years ahead.

This was a system where insurance companies held your life in their hands, and would often let their members fall through at their most desperate times.

This was a system with costs rising at three times the rate of inflation due to producers having monopoly-type pricing power (for a number of irrefutable economic reasons).

Obamacare is far from perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.

And there’s a reason why no developed country in the world has a purely free market healthcare system… they don’t work.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Mike Lee stands for something, unlike Orrin Hatch. Didn't Hatch promise us that he would lead the fight to do away with ObamaCare? So, now that the fight is on, he runs and hides from his campaign promises. He said anything to get elected and now that he has been elected, he throws us under the bus. Thanks, Uncle Orrin - for nothing.

Lehi, UT

Senator Lee doesn't seem to understand how to get things done in Washington. This type of grandstanding does nothing more than give the Republican party a black eye. There is a reason that the tea party movement has lost steam. Many of us don't respect their methods even though we may agree with their position.

At the time of his election I was frustrated with how the Caucus system was taken over by a minority. Lee would have never made it running against Bennett.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah


Believe it or not, I agree with Orrin Hatch.

BTW - Thanks Mike, for voting for him.

The Hammer
lehi, utah

Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. Two peas in a pod without a clue. I love the green eggs and ham part of the hole morass because the moral of the story is you may hate something until you try it. Now I don't support Obamacare and i don't like it and it doesn't solve the problem of healthcare inflation but we have been told by democrats we will like it when we use it But we keep saying NO! These two irresponsible cowboys are doing more damage to the Republican image than anyone in the history of the party save nixon. The reality is totally opposite of their hypothesis and there doomsday approach will only ruin the parties ability to get in power and solve the problem. Time to vote them out and put in real conservatives who can solve problems without giving into crazy ideas and being so estreme.

Allen, TX

You Utahns are free to criticize Lee. But keep off of Cruz. Ted Cruz has shown himself to be a true statesman, representing well the constituency that sent him to Washington.

He is against big government. Period. Something we in Texas agree with. He does not participate in the taxpayer-funded health care congress is eligible for. He wants a balanced budget. He wants tax reform. He wants to cut federal spending and eliminate waste. He wants to repeal Obamacare and pass laws that actually have a chance of decreasing the cost of health care - Tort reform, more competition in insurance plans and prescription drugs.

Obamacare has raised the cost of healthcare for every American, and killed thousands of jobs already, as well as making government MUCH bigger in the process, and giving ridiculous access to our personal information to government organizations we don't trust - most importantly the IRS.

Ted Cruz? We need more principled men and women of integrity like Ted Cruz in Washington - people who remember that they work for US, not their political fame and personal fortune.

So rail on Lee, but back off of Ted Cruz. Cruz is rocking the boat, and WE LIKE IT.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Hatch is a Dinosaur that has outlived his usefulness. I just hope Utah will soon realize it. Senator Cruz makes me want to vote for a Republican President for the first time ever.

Leo Femedlers
El Paso, TX

Today I am ashamed that I voted for Orrin Hatch when he bacame a US Senator in UT. Obamacaare is already a mess and it hasn't even been implemented. Lost jobs, cut wages, higher ins premiums and overall costs. Not to mention I nor anyone else (except union, govt elite, and a select other few) have the option to not have health insurance under this law.

I appreciate what Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have done to bring attention to the fact that the majority of Americans do not want this law.


I would like to remind Senator Hatch that our Country still has "Freedom of Speech" and encourage fellow Congressmen to speak out, not by bullying them to silence.

Why have we not been kept informed about all of our precious freedoms we have lost because no one has spoken out. Ex.Federal Reserve & IRS not Federal agencies, Thousands of Gov. agencies are un-Constitutional, Congress not deciding when we put our troops in harms way, securing our borders, proving our President IS QUALIFIED, allowing the monster NSA to be in our backyard using 1,700,000 of water a day in our DRY ARID State. Answers please.

Gonzales, LA

Mr Hatch you and several of your buddies have been in the Washington circle to long, you forgot who you work for. I hope your all voted out, when the party you represent can even support those that were voted in to do the bidding of the people that's pretty bad. The only reason the Demos keep winning is because the republicans destroy each other. How about getting your heads out of the kool aid and sticking together, 10 and 11 people desiring to be president and then smash each other so badly that they are basically ruined so votes are so split or their not voted for. Wise up Repubs, but more than that lets get together on what your platform is. Just saying

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

@Open Minded Mormon,

"Believe it or not, I agree with Orrin Hatch."


It's not surprising that you agree with Hatch. You agree with Obama. You agree with Reid. You agree with Polosi. You agree that we should be forced to pay for someone else's medical bills. You agree that you should be paid to work in defense but that America should not be allowed to defend itself.

It's not surprising that you believe in Hatch, not surprising at all.

the truth
Holladay, UT


Hatch a conservative?

Nothing of the sort.

Hew is democrat from Pennsylvania, who came to Utah and pretends to be a Republican esoecially around election time and when it is safe to. Otherwise he is breaking his election promises. He is the definition of RINO.

Has spent most of his career supporting democrats and their legislation, like ted kennedy, and never done thing with a single conservative republican.

Hatch conservative? That's hilarious!

Salt Lake City, UT

I am totally with Cruz and Mike Lee on this one. I have been ashamed of Hatch for some time. He is a man of limited intellect and talent who at least once had some principles, but he has since lost both his principles and his courage. How we needed someone other than Hatch to help in this fight! How in the world did we send him back to the Senate? I watched Cruz's filibuster for several hours. It was a tour de force. There is not another man of his guts, talent and principles in Washington, but Lee comes close. Lee's unmasking of the Supreme Court in the Obamacare opinion was the best I have heard.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

When Mike Lee speaks, normal people react as they would in the presence of a flatulent house pet.

Eagle Mountain, UT

As someone who voted for Senator Hatch many times....

Is there a way to recall Senator Hatch? He certainly does not represent us any longer.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

It's not surprising that you agree with Hatch.


Ah, I didn't vote for him.
You did.

That's why it's so ironic and hypocritical of you to complain about him.

BTW - the Defense of this nation IS in the Constitution.
Read it yourself.

Believe it or not - my job is to help "Lean" out the DoD, help it be more effective and more efficient.
It's a HUGE job, but somebody's got to do it.

Perhaps we can contact you for a Government contract regarding Autodesk AutoCAD?

Sophie 62
spring city, UT

Good for Orrin Hatch. Common sense has fled the Republican Tea Party. No, wait. It never had common sense. I was a Republican for most of my life, but this insanity and time-and- money-wasting tantrum throwing have driven me away.
I find their behavior power-grabbing, self-serving, and completely out of touch with what is happening in this country. Especially Matheson.

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