June 25,2015

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Hatch Statement on King v. Burwell Supreme Court Ruling

Utah Senator Determined to Change Course for Patients as Consequences of Obamacare Continue

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell:

“Today’s ruling failed to hold the Obama Administration responsible for its reckless execution of its own poorly-crafted law.  The plain text of Obamacare authorizes subsidies only through state exchanges, not the federal exchange. This decision allows the Obama Administration simply to ignore the law and to implement its own preferred policy instead.

“Obamacare has been a series of broken promises from the start. From skyrocketing costs to less access to care and more bureaucratic control of the healthcare system, the President’s law has failed patients and taxpayers.  And, unfortunately, absent a cooperative President, the negative consequences of Obamacare will continue.  The American people deserve better.

“Fortunately, Republicans have a plan to reverse this course by repealing and replacing Obamacare with reforms that put patients – not Washington – first.  Moving forward, we will continue to seek input on our legislative proposal – the Patient Care Act – and use every opportunity available to give both states and patients more freedom and flexibility. We will continue to work toward real reform that lowers costs and helps Americans access high quality healthcare. By putting patients first, we will end the negative consequences of Obamacare and implement policy that is good medicine for American families.”

Hatch is the coauthor of the Patient CARE Act, a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and replaces it with common-sense, patient-focused reforms that reduce healthcare costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care, with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). 

Hatch is the former Chairman and current member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and Judiciary Committees.