Last updated on: 5/14/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Orrin G. Hatch, JD Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-UT)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“[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

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
  • Attorney, Pringle, Bredin, and Martin, 1962-1969
Education:
  • JD, University of Pittsburgh, 1962
  • BA, History, Brigham Young University, 1959
Other:
  • Longest serving US Senator of Utah
  • Born on Mar. 22, 1934
Quoted in:
  1. Can federal funds be used for abortion services?
  2. Is Obamacare constitutional?
  3. Is Obamacare financially burdensome for businesses?