We blinked.

Senator Orrin Hatch
2017-07-21 17:10:59
Dear Friend, This week, a small handful of my colleagues came out in opposition to the Senate’s healthcare proposal, even though it would have put Medicaid on a sustainable path, strengthened pro-life protections, and relieved millions from the crushing tax burden of Obamacare.   This week I joined the Doug Wright show to discuss healthcare. Check it out!  I’ll be the first to tell you that the legislation we had before us wasn’t perfect. But it was a promising compromise that would have initiated a string of reforms to give Utahns greater freedom and flexibility in their healthcare decisions. Most important, this bill was the best opportunity we would have in years to fulfill a promise we made to Americans nearly a decade ago: To repeal and replace Obamacare. We were on the cusp of realizing this promise; all we had to do was come together as a party. But this week, we blinked. Rather than move forward on what the Wall Street Journal called “the best chance for entitlement reform in a generation,” a small group of Senators defected at the last minute, choosing instead to uphold a status quo that is both unsustainable and unacceptable to a majority of Americans.  Make no mistake: our country is reeling under the strain of Obamacare. Unless we make significant changes to the law—and unless we make them soon—Medicare will become insolvent, health care premiums will continue to skyrocket, and American families will be left out to dry. While I’m disappointed by this week’s setback, I’m not deterred. More than ever before, I’m committed to fixing our healthcare system, and I’ll keep fighting until we reach consensus on a plan that puts patients first and addresses the needs of Utah’s families. Sincerely,   Orrin  

Dear Friend,

This week, a small handful of my colleagues came out in opposition to the Senate’s healthcare proposal, even though it would have put Medicaid on a sustainable path, strengthened pro-life protections, and relieved millions from the crushing tax burden of Obamacare.

 

This week I joined the Doug Wright show to discuss healthcare. Check it out! 

I’ll be the first to tell you that the legislation we had before us wasn’t perfect. But it was a promising compromise that would have initiated a string of reforms to give Utahns greater freedom and flexibility in their healthcare decisions. Most important, this bill was the best opportunity we would have in years to fulfill a promise we made to Americans nearly a decade ago: To repeal and replace Obamacare. We were on the cusp of realizing this promise; all we had to do was come together as a party.

But this week, we blinked .

Rather than move forward on what the Wall Street Journal called “the best chance for entitlement reform in a generation,” a small group of Senators defected at the last minute, choosing instead to uphold a status quo that is both unsustainable and unacceptable to a majority of Americans. 

Make no mistake: our country is reeling under the strain of Obamacare. Unless we make significant changes to the law—and unless we make them soon—Medicare will become insolvent, health care premiums will continue to skyrocket, and American families will be left out to dry.

While I’m disappointed by this week’s setback, I’m not deterred. More than ever before, I’m committed to fixing our healthcare system, and I’ll keep fighting until we reach consensus on a plan that puts patients first and addresses the needs of Utah’s families.

Sincerely,

 

Orrin

 

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