Orrin Hatch: Tough to repeal Obamacare, with public on the dole

Orrin Hatch: Tough to repeal Obamacare, with public on the dole
Strange bedfellows: Sens. Orin Hatch and Chuck Schumer are BFFs on bill that will squeeze U.S. tech workers (Source: NYT)

[Ed. – (1) Hatch is right about how people react to being on the dole.  The Democrats are in no position to be self-righteous about this; it’s the dynamic they completely RELY on.  But (2) Obamacare is a different animal, because it inflicts so much pain on all the people who are NOT on the dole.  And there are still millions of them, paying through the nose to keep their health insurance.  I count quite a number of such people just among my own friends and family.  The pain Obamacare is inflicting on the people who are NOT on the dole is a political ace, if Republicans will just man up and use it.]

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch warned Tuesday that efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the Senate might be complicated because once the public “is on the dole, they’ll take every dime they can.”

The comment by one of the key Senate architects of the ongoing rewrite of the massive health care law, suggests Republicans are skeptical Americans will be unwilling to give up benefits provided for under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. …

As he left a meeting in the Capitol of the Senate health care working group, which is trying to craft compromise legislation that can pass the Senate without Democrats, Hatch was asked by a reporter, “How does the public’s perception of what the House did affect what you are doing?”

“The public wants every dime they can be given,” he said. “Let’s face it, once you get them on the dole, they’ll take every dime they can. We’ve got to find some way of getting things under control or this country and your future is going to be gone.”

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray blasted Hatch’s comments.

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