April 14,2011

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Hatch Votes to Defund $2.6 Trillion Health Law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today voted for H.Con.Res. 35, a resolution to block funding for the implementation of the $2.6 trillion health overhaul bill that was enacted into law last year.

“The new health law is fatally flawed and needs to be repealed. It is a budget-buster that raises taxes, increases already out-of-control health costs, puts Washington in charge, and threatens the fiscal health of our already fragile entitlement programs,” said Hatch. “Our nation cannot continue on its current course. It’s past time we start down the road of real reform and act to address the number one concern of the American people: skyrocketing health care costs.”

Senator Hatch has led the charge in Congress to put an end to the advancement of the new health overhaul law.  He has introduced legislation to dismantle the pillars holding up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The first, the American Liberty Restoration Act (S. 19), would repeal the individual mandate that Hatch has repeatedly called unconstitutional and has prompted lawsuits by over 20 states.  The second, the American Job Protection Act (S.20), would repeal the job-crushing employer mandate that Hatch says would force more layoffs and increase taxes on businesses.

In addition, Hatch has introduced legislation (S. 17) to repeal the onerous medical device tax and put an end to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to maintain the doctor-patient relationship that is essential to quality health care for all Americans.