Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"...[B]ig government is not the answer to our problems and is not what our country wants. It's disappointing that passing this bill became an exercise not about the legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, but about the future of this [Barack Obama's] Presidency.
With trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, Americans are rightly asking how do we pay for this $2.5 trillion health care bill. The simple answer is we can't. With this deeply-flawed proposal, Washington Democrats are telling struggling middle-class families and small businesses who are clamoring for a job-creating agenda that their voices and concerns don't matter. The President and his allies have chosen instead to plow ahead with a job-killing bill that will raise taxes, increase our already sky-high debt, and slash Medicare for a new, unaffordable entitlement at a time when our economy remains weak. This makes no sense to Utahns and the American people..."
Press release, "Hatch Statement on House Passage of Health Bill," hatch.senate.gov, Mar. 21, 2010
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Senator (R-UT), 1977-present
Senior member, Senate Finance Committee
Senior member, Senate Intelligence Committee
Member, Senate Aging Committee
Member, Senate Judiciary Committee
Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Member, Senate Taxation Committee
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, 2003-2005
Chairman, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee (formerly known as the Labor and Human Resources Committee), 1981-1987
Attorney, various firms in Salt Lake City, UT, 1969-1976