Hatch: Obamacare Was Designed to Become Single-Payer System

Elizabeth Harrington | March 20, 2013 | 1:56pm EDT
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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Democrats set up the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, to “fail” in order to establish a single-payer health care system, “where the government controls everybody’s lives.”

“Let’s just be honest about it, the bill hasn’t triggered yet fully,” Hatch said of Obamacare, during a press conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.  “And it doesn’t until the 1st of next year.”

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“When the young people in this country find out that they are going to be the generation of debtors and there’s no way they’re ever going to get out from underneath this kind of stuff—I’ve got to tell you, people don’t even realize how crushing it’s going to be after the 1st of this next year,” he said.

“And I’ll predict that within that year—now I may be wrong on this—but within the immediate future the Democrats are going to throw their hands in the air and say, ‘It’s not working.  It’s unaffordable.  And we have to go to a single-payer system,’” Hatch said, adding,  “where the government controls everybody’s lives.”

“That’s what’s behind all of this.  And they know it’s going to fail,” he said.  “It’s already failing, and it hasn’t even triggered yet, the big expenses.”

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the White House on March 23, 2010, the day Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)

Hatch and Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) are introducing legislation to repeal Obamacare piece by piece, starting with the health insurance tax (HIT) and a restriction in the health care law on flexible savings accounts (FSA).

The senators argued that the law is already having a harmful effect on the economy, with employers keeping less than 50 employees on the payroll to avoid penalties.  To illustrate their point, the senators brought a seven-foot tall “tower of red tape”: a 20,000-page stack of new regulations under Obamacare.

“You can’t look at that without being aghast,” Hatch said.  “And that’s just the beginning, this is not the end.”

“This is just the beginning of regulations that are coming as a result of Obamacare,” he said.

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