Orrin Hatch has been representing Utah in the Senate since forever and he recently decided that it’s time to retire at the age of 83.
Hatch has been one of Trump’s biggest supporters and there’s no doubt that he has a lot to look back on and be proud of.
One cool thing about retiring is that you don’t really have to worry about what you say anymore. You aren’t running for re-election again which allows you to be brutally honest.
Brutally honest is exactly what Hatch was this week when he opened up about his true feelings on Obamacare.
With retirement comes liberation, especially in politics.
Longtime Republican Senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, who will likely be replaced in the fall by former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, just showed us how.
During a speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. this week, Hatch let loose about his feelings toward Obamacare and those who support the law.
“That was the stupidest, dumba** bill that I’ve ever seen,” Hatch said. “Some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumba** people I’ve ever met.”
Didn’t know ol’ Orrin had it in him.
You might not like his language but you can’t argue with his point.
Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster.
From Washington Examiner:
Nearly eight years later, there’s less competition and choice than at any time in recent history. In June, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a reportestimating as many as 1,300 counties, about 40 percent of all counties, would have only one health insurance provider available in their state Obamacare exchange in 2018, leaving people with, quite literally, no options.
This is a remarkable shift from just a few years ago. In 2015, the Heritage Foundation reported there were only 175 counties, about 6 percent of all counties, with one health insurer. Another 853 counties had at least two insurers.
Since June, the situation has grown even more dire. CMS’ latest projections now show the number of counties expected to have only one health insurance carrier in the Obamacare exchange in 2018 is 1,478, an astounding 47 percent of all counties. Compared to 2015, that’s a 683 percent increase in the number of counties with only one insurer.
The counties aren’t relegated to several large isolated regions, either. All of Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming are projected to have only one insurer serving the entire state. In several other states, including Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee, the vast majority of the counties will be in the same boat.
In just two months, the situation has gone from terrible to nearly unrecoverable, and at this pace, it’s likely within the year (maybe before 2017 is over) we’ll have a country in which more than half the counties only offer people one insurance option.
Great job, Barack.
Hatch will be replaced by Mitt Romney in the Senate very shortly.
Let’s hope Mitt can find a way to bring a little bit of this same attitude.
Doesn’t seem likely.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]