Sen. Hatch: Gov't report shows that health care law 'isn't ready for prime time'

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 20, 2013 10:27 a.m.


    Reports show that Senator Hatch (R-Utah) isn't ready for " time...".

    Yet, Republican voters keep electing him.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 20, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    I was merely responding to RanchHand who asked for what you pointed out Obamacare does not provide.

    But thanks, your barb, intended for me, stuck RanchHand instead, since that's what he was asking for.

    you say GOP plans have been non-existent. maybe, but it's better to to do nothing than to cause all the damage Obamacare has and will cause.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    June 20, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    Health care and health insurance are not the same thing. As a country, we can't afford to do what ACA is asking. Our number 1 priority with regards to health care should be addressing the rising health care costs, not expanding access to health insurance. Insurance will become meaningless under ACA. Your health insurance card will be as powerful as your high school ID card under ACA.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    June 20, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    "if you think Obamacare will give you the same coverage congress gets, you have another think coming."

    more drive by talking points. Obamacare is not intended to give you the same healthcare as congress.

    And if you have a decent job, you probably have HC coverage. It was not meant to replace yours either.

    But, if you are uninsured, I can assure you it will be a vast improvement.

    Health care costs have skyrocketed and are unsustainable. These cost increases are mostly in the name of profit.

    Funny how Orrin championed the insurance mandate many years ago, but now is adamantly against it.

    Obama care may not be the best answer. But, the GOP plans over the last 10 years are basically non-existent. (insurance across state lines and tort reform are pieces, but not solutions.)

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    June 19, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Obama finally found out what was in the healthcare bill last night as he was watching the news.

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    June 19, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    As businesses start moving to comply with ACA, employers and employees are finding that it is costing both more money for less coverage. Small businesses are scaling back so as to minimize the costs, and large businesses, especially retailers, are putting more employees on part time basis so they don't have to provide insurance benefits. Unions are squawking about the extra taxes on "Cadillac" insurance plans, because many of the union insurance plans meet the requirements of "Cadillac" plans.

    The best option right now would be to repeal ACA and start from scratch, moving to a single payer system. If the feds are going to meddle in health insurance, the least they could do is eliminate all the current federal insurance programs, (Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, Fed and Congressional plans, etc.) and put together one plan for all that covers the basic health insurance needs, which is simple to monitor and administer. Something similar to Medicare, that provides basic insurance and allows for the insured to purchase additional insurance.

    I have trouble understanding CJ Roberts decision when he first ruled that ACA, under the Commerce Clause, was unconstitutional, but then ruled it was okay to tax this unconstitutional law.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 19, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    old man,
    you are REEEAAALLLLYYYY reaching now.

    Oh please. Orrin is NOT a conservative.

    if you think Obamacare will give you the same coverage congress gets, you have another think coming.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    June 19, 2013 10:51 a.m.

    I think that Orrin is being responsible. Although I completely agree that all Americans should be able to get medical insurance, we have just bitten off more than we can chew. The whole thing should have been done one piece at a time so we can see what works and what doesn't. I'm afraid this whole thing is going to lead to another recession.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    June 19, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    We all knew this would happen when the Democrats passed Obamacare. This is not news. Remember Pelosi's famous statement, "we have to pass the bill, to know what is in the bill." Please name one government program, including the military, that runs efficiently and effectively. Obamacare is a disaster and we are just beginning to see the effects. Remember this was supposed to lower premiums, now all you see in the headlines are double digit rate increases and companies lowering worker hours so they don't have to deal with the burdensome cost of Obamacare. Elections have consequences. BTW, Hatch should have retired years ago. He is worthless in the Senate.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    June 19, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Dear Orrin;

    Can we, the people, please have the same health benefits that we provide you, our public servant?


  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 19, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Orrin says it won't work.

    Is this any surprise Hatch is one of the biggest neocon "tools" out there.
    Next in the Dnews Rush says Health care plan won't work.
    I other news Glen Beck says buy gold, oh and Obamacare won't work.

    In 1976 in his first run for public office, he 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 "What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home." [7] Hatch argued that many Senators, including Moss, had lost touch with their constituents.

    Good advise from a younger Hatch, of course like many in his party now that "he's got his," he doesn't feel that way anymore.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 19, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Maybe if Senator Hatch and Mike Lee and the other obstructionists would get out of the way, we'd find that ACA will work very well. Give it a fair chance.