Orrin Hatch: The Better Care Reconciliation Act is a win for health care in Utah

Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, followed by Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, leaves a Republican meeting on healthcare, Thursday, June 22, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle Barack Obama’s health care law.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate made a powerful statement to Utah and the nation: increasing premiums, unaffordable care and regulatory red-tape should not be the standard of health care in this country. Our discussion to draft legislation to repeal Obamacare and its mandates, as modified by the Senate, is not perfect. It is, rather, a work in the art of the doable. Through compromise and negotiation, we have managed to incorporate differing opinions representing Americans from all parts of the country, not just the East Coast and urban elites.

This proposal assures that Utahns get a fair shake. In the past, the Beehive State was known for having some of the most affordable coverage in the country, but Obamacare has reduced our quality of care and increased out-of-pocket expenses. Obamacare, from its very design to its botched implementation, did not stand a chance of bringing the quality care that Utahns deserve.

The status quo under Obamacare is simply unacceptable….

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