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Utah Governor Gary Herbert, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour speak about Medicaid at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday, July 14, 2011.

I am dismayed that there are people who want to unseat Sen. Orrin Hatch. Their excuse is that he has been in there too long. Don't they realize that the only way Utah has a chance of having a senator as the Chairman of Finance is longevity?

Utah is in a unique position that we have not had for 88 years. If we get rid of Hatch, we lose the opportunity of a lifetime. Hatch is the ranking minority leader of the Finance Committee which has jurisdiction of both Medicare and Medicaid. When the Republicans win, he becomes the chairman.

In this position he could work with the Utah Legislature to reform Medicare and Medicaid. This committee has extensive oversight powers. It has authority to investigate, review and evaluate existing laws and the agencies that implement them. Its role is to set tax, trade and health policy.

I think the men who want to challenge Hatch could become real patriots if their love for America and Utah is greater than their desire for power, and they re-think their positions.