Hatch calls for FDA, health care reform to spur investment

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  • DaveGarber1975 Provo, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    "Incentivizing" is something that central economic planners do, not free-marketeers. I'd prefer a more radical plan, myself, like abolishing the FDA completely in favor of private certification organizations, instead---ones that function rather like how Underwriters' Laboratories functions in the consumer-electronics industry.

    Governmental regulatory agencies invariably tend to be "captured" by the largest businesses in whatever industries they regulate, and then serve their interests above the interests of their smaller competitors, as well as of their customers. Such agencies are no substitute for a thriving free-market network of citizens' watchdoggery, investigative journalism, grassroots boycotts, et cetera.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    Follow the corporation's money and contributions.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Sen. Hatch does not hold open town hall meetings. Only selected guests are invited. That way he doesn't have to face any embarrassing questions.

  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    What's in it for Mr. Hatch?

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Could anyone please tell me when Senator Hatch has a public town hall meeting?

    Does anyone know?

  • slpa1 WEST JORDAN, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    I find it disturbing that in all the discussion in the article, I did not see anything about improving the health of people. All I saw was Senator Hatch and his associates arguing to improve the bottom line of investors.

    Is there any wonder why the health care system is broken?

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    Sen Hatch shouldn't get involved in discussing FDA regulation given how much bias he has with his deep connections (son who is a lobbyists) and financial ties to the supplement industry.

    I'm not here to get into regulation of the supplement industry. I believe it is necessary (seen horrific cases of patient's with side effects of common supplements purchased at GMC), but I also understand why people are hesistant to have govt step up and regulate this industry.

    With that said, Hatch has NO BUSINESS getting involved with criticizing the FDA and he should lay low on this issue.

  • rachsticle salt lake city, ut
    Oct. 26, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    I have a hard time accepting Sen. Hatch's opinion on these matters given that he is so tied to the "supplement" business.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Just one more attempt by Orrin to protect his special interest contributors at the expense of ordinary people.

    Hasn't he already done enough damage?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    "...health care reform...".

    senator hatch has been a United States Senator for 35 years.

    senator hatch's Republican Party controlled the White House and the Congress from 2001 until 2006

    senator hatch NOW calls for health care reform?

    Oh, sorry, health care reform to spur investment.

    Of course.

    A. Lincoln was correct:

    "...Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict, the dollar before the man...".

    Forget about reform to make health care more affordable.

    Pursue reform to make more money for your donors.

    Corporations are people.

    "...In 1976 in his first run for public office, (hatch) was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Democrat Frank Moss, a three-term incumbent. Among other issues, (hatch) criticized Moss's 18-year tenure in the Senate, saying that many Senators, including Moss, had lost touch with their constituents...".

    Hatch has definitely, not, lost touch with those "constituents" that feed his war chest.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    Actually, isn't Mr. Hatch annoyed because the FDA wants to control his supplements? We have read that Orrin takes many of these. He is well known in his promotion of companies who manufacture vitamins and supplements.
    The FDA and the public have been burned when they have ok'd certain dangerous devices and medicines. The public then suffers.
    Orrin, are you just trying to get some new investments lined up for your rich and famous buddies? Are they frustrated that all the money they are hoarding in the bank is not making a good return these days?