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Senate Proceeding on Feb 1st, 2011 :: 0:42:20 to 1:00:40
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Orrin Hatch

0:42:16 to 0:42:36( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: pay for my country and, more importantly, it's a price i'm willing to pay for my gran thank you, mr. president. and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from u mr. hatch: mr. president, i -- i'm -- my remarks may take a little longer than 10 minutes, so i ask unanimous consent that i be allowed to deliver my remarks in full. the presiding officer: without

Orrin Hatch

0:42:20 to 1:00:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch

0:42:37 to 0:42:58( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: objection. mr. hatch: thank you, mr. president. we've come a long way in one year. on december 24, 2009, one day before christmas, this body passed a radical overhaul of our nation's health care system. that's right. the majority passed obama care on christmas eve. it was not this body's finest moment.

Orrin Hatch

0:42:59 to 0:43:19( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: it was not the administration's finest moment. and i expect that this debate will go down in history for its persistent lack of attention to the considered views of ordinary americans. americans who rejected obama care's giant new entitlement

Orrin Hatch

0:43:20 to 0:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: expansions and the job-killing haphazardly to pay for them. it did not have to be this way. in the greatest fiscal collapse since the great depression, they wanted to focus on job creation. instead like teenagers set loose when mom and dad leave town, they did what they wanted to and

Orrin Hatch

0:43:42 to 0:44:02( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: focused on a government takeover of the nation's health care system. surprising, only the most ideologically driven support for obama care cratered during the town hall meetings of august 2009, the message was loud and clear, our health care system, and in particular the government policies that contribute to the unsustainable

Orrin Hatch

0:44:03 to 0:44:23( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: inflation in the health care sector might be in need of reform. but the solution to our problems is not additional government regulation and control of health care delivery by washington bureaucrats and the solution is most definitely not to be found in the billions of dollars of new taxes most of which will be passed through to american families in the form of higher

Orrin Hatch

0:44:24 to 0:44:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: premiums. for those who did not deliberately put on blinders, the wishes of their constituents were obvious. stop the push for obama care and move on to fixing the economy. but the senate did not listen.

Orrin Hatch

0:44:45 to 0:45:06( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: instead, by an administration that saw the great liberal dream of government-run health care slipping through, the long march continued. first the democratic majority cut short the finance committee's bipartisan negotiations. then heads down, the majority plowed forward on the floor, allowing

Orrin Hatch

0:45:07 to 0:45:27( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: no virtually meaningful amendments. and before going home for christmas, it passed the most sweeping reform of the nation's economy in over 70 years without a single republican vote. every democratic senator snored the bill. not one republican did, and for

Orrin Hatch

0:45:28 to 0:45:49( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: good reason. when obamacare passed the senate, its proponents assumed it was on the glide path to enactment, but the american people had a different idea. our national unemployment rate was 10.2%, the highest in 26 years. the american people understood that at a moment of historic

Orrin Hatch

0:45:50 to 0:46:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: economic challenges, the last thing the country needed was another budget-busting entitlement and sky-high taxes. and just about one month later, this message was delivered again in in a new shot heard across the world, our colleague, the senator from massachusetts,

Orrin Hatch

0:46:11 to 0:46:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: scott brown, was elected in a very clear referendum on the democrats' health bill. the verdict of the american people, if the previous summer's town halls left any doubt, was now crystal clear. the push for obamacare must end. yet, the administration refused to yield. they thought the people would eventually come to embrace the

Orrin Hatch

0:46:33 to 0:46:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: elegance of obamacare if only the messaging was better. americans would appreciate all of the good things that washington politicians and bureaucrats had to offer them. so after taking time to regroup and weigh their options, democrats decided to defy the american people yet again. a little over a year ago, the president hosted a summit at the white house and began his final push for his federalizing of

Orrin Hatch

0:46:54 to 0:47:14( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: american health care. the resulting display was ugly. americans already revolted by the deals cut in this chamber to secure the bare number of votes needed to pass the bill now witnessed historic arm twisting and desperate efforts in the house to deny the obvious, that obamacare represented an unprecedented intrusion of the

Orrin Hatch

0:47:15 to 0:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: federal government into the lives of citizens and clearly was a massive burden on the taxpayers. and so it passed and obamacare became law, and the administration set about writing the thousands of pages of regulations that would govern how american businesses provide health benefits to their employees.

Orrin Hatch

0:47:37 to 0:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: fast forward to november of 2010. the american people did not forget their snubbing by self-proclaimed progressive democrats who, in fact, ignored the will of the people at every opportunity during the obamacare debate. at voting booths across the country, they made clear to those congressmen and senators who provided the votes for this

Orrin Hatch

0:47:59 to 0:48:19( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: job-destroying health care bill that such high-handed, ill-liberal behavior was not acceptable in a democratic republic. fast forward one more time. yesterday, barely 13 months after obamacare passed the senate and less than one year since it became law, the entire

Orrin Hatch

0:48:20 to 0:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: scheme was struck down in federal court. in a triumph for both personal liberty and the american constitution, the individual mandate was found unconstitutional and obamacare was struck down. not part of obamacare. all of obamacare. not surprisingly, the administration and its special

Orrin Hatch

0:48:41 to 0:49:01( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: interest allies responded with the same derision toward ordinary american citizens that has been on display throughout the debate. instead of acknowledging the obvious, that obamacare represents a massive departure from any traditional understanding of limited government, white house officials went on the attack, calling the decision outside of

Orrin Hatch

0:49:02 to 0:49:22( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the main stream and ridiculing its reasoning. why? really? millions and millions of americans believe the provisions essential to the operation of obamacare are unconstitutional intrusions on personal liberty that vastly expand the power of the federal government.

Orrin Hatch

0:49:23 to 0:49:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: they understand that the justification for the individual mandate by obamacare's proponents essentially removes any limits on the power of the federal government to regulate personal and economic decisions. 26 states participated in this challenge to obamacare. 32 members of this body,

Orrin Hatch

0:49:45 to 0:50:05( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: including myself, signed an amicus brief challenging the constitutionality of obamacare. but according to the administration's narrative, we are the ones who are out of the mainstream. the administration came into office buoyed by the goodwill of the american people and carrying banners of bipartisanship.

Orrin Hatch

0:50:06 to 0:50:26( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: two years later, after the politically disastrous decision to overhaul 1/7 of the nation's economy with virtually no republican support, they are blaming the victim. after a federal judge took on this tough issue -- or looked at this tough issue and determined that key elements of obamacare

Orrin Hatch

0:50:27 to 0:50:47( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: represented an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of the national government, the problem remains, as it always is for liberals: the people. their views are not just sophisticated enough to grasp obamacare's consistency with a government of limited and enumerated powers.

Orrin Hatch

0:50:48 to 0:51:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the democrats continue to think that if only they focus group obamacare better, they will get the messaging right. the american people will learn to love it. i don't think so. the american people get it. they know, and i know my constituents in utah do.

Orrin Hatch

0:51:11 to 0:51:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: in an article yesterday in "politico," patrick gaddell and douglas shoen highlighted the reasons for the public's deepening disdain for obamacare. according to them, it is possible that no major piece of legislation has created the continued vehement public opposition that health care has provoked since the

Orrin Hatch

0:51:33 to 0:51:53( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: kansas-nebraska act of 1854. in their view, there is one big underlying factor that continues to cause many americans to oppose the health care bill. its passage was antidemocratic. if the republicans' campaign slogan of 1854 was crime against

Orrin Hatch

0:51:54 to 0:52:17( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: kansas, in 2010, that slogan would be crime against democracy. americans know that the senate bill was 2,074 pages long. they know that it authorized 70 new government programs. they know that it delegated regulatory power to the obama administration 1,697 times.

Orrin Hatch

0:52:18 to 0:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: they know that it cut cut $465 billion from medicare at a time when it already faced a $38 trillion unfunded liability. they know that the bill took from one already unsustainable entitlement to pay for a brand-new entitlement. they know that it raises -- it

Orrin Hatch

0:52:41 to 0:53:01( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: raised taxes by over over $550 billion, repeatedly violating the president's pledge not to raise taxes on middle-class families. they know that obamacare destroyed 695,000 american jobs -- or will destroy that many jobs at a time when millions of americans are looking for work.

Orrin Hatch

0:53:02 to 0:53:23( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: they know that the medicaid expansions threaten to bankrupt the states, with c.b.o. estimating that the medicaid expansion will cost american taxpayers $435 billion additional dollars over ten years. they know that the total cost of obamacare is $2.6 trillion

Orrin Hatch

0:53:24 to 0:53:44( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: extrapolated over ten years, and they know that we can't afford it. the american people aren't stupid. they understand these things. to borrow from justice scalia, the american people despite obamacare because the american people love democracy and the

Orrin Hatch

0:53:45 to 0:54:05( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: american people are not fools. they know that this law was enacted in a totally partisan manner and over the loud opposition of the majority of americans, and they know that the partisans promoting obamacare were not and are not forthright when they say that it

Orrin Hatch

0:54:06 to 0:54:27( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: is budget neutral. obamacare cuts $155 billion from hospitals. it cuts $202 billion from 11 million seniors on medicare advantage. it cuts nearly $15 billion from nursing homes. it cuts nearly $40 billion from home health agencies.

Orrin Hatch

0:54:28 to 0:54:48( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: it cuts nearly $7 billion from hospices. but these cuts don't go towards strengthening the medicare -- strengthening medicare, a program with catastrophic unfunded liabilities. rather, democrats poured the savings from these cuts back into a brand-new unsustainable entitlement program.

Orrin Hatch

0:54:49 to 0:55:10( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: furthermore, so-called comprehensive health care reform managed to neglect the pressing need for a permanent doc fix, yet c.b.o.'s most recent estimate is that a long-term doc fix freezing medicare payment rates at 2011 levels would raise the deficit by $249 billion.

Orrin Hatch

0:55:11 to 0:55:32( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: not counting an additional additional $53 billion in debt service obligations. not surprisingly, an associated press fact check of the president's state of the union address concludeed -- quote -- "the idea that obama's health care law saves money for the government is based on some

Orrin Hatch

0:55:33 to 0:55:54( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: arguable assumptions." that might qualify for the understatement of the year so far. the likelihood that obamacare will not, as its advocates claim, save the government money was confirmed again in a hearing held last week by the c.m.s.

Orrin Hatch

0:55:55 to 0:56:16( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: chief act duary -- actuary richard foster. he testified that the law will not likely hold costs down and that contrary to the president's mantra, everyone will not be able to keep their insurance coverage if they like it. in response to white house political operation, attack the administration's own nonpartisan

Orrin Hatch

0:56:17 to 0:56:37( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: professional expert, stating in a blog post once again, we disagree, they said. "history shows it is possible to implement measures that will save money for medicare and the federal government." unquote. who are you going to believe? the chief actuary at c.m.s., their actuary, or a white house

Orrin Hatch

0:56:38 to 0:56:58( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: political operative? the average american citizen might not have a ph.d. in economics, but americans do understand that massive new entitlement programs do not save money. in their guts, the american people know that former c.b.o.

Orrin Hatch

0:56:59 to 0:57:19( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: director douglas hotels eagle an is right when he -- hotels eke an is right when he concludes the repeal of this flawed law will reduce the deficit by by $300 billion. ultimately all we want is a vote on repeal. last week, some of my democratic colleagues came to the floor to advocate for rules changes that

Orrin Hatch

0:57:20 to 0:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: would have substantially limited the rights -- or the right of the minority to debate. the filibuster, they insisted, is an affront to democracy and majority rule. let them put their money where their mouths are. all we are asking for is an up-or-down vote on repeal of obamacare. that is what the people want. ultimately, you have to ask why

Orrin Hatch

0:57:42 to 0:58:02( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: the democratic majority would deny us this vote. i think i know the answer. it has a great deal to do with members of the caucus who know their constituents hate this law. yeah, it has a lot to do with members of the democratic caucus who know their constituents hate

Orrin Hatch

0:58:03 to 0:58:24( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: this law. yet these members are torn between two masters. on the one hand are their conservative constituents. on the other are the liberal interest groups who supported the government takeover of the nation's health care system. unfortunately, the people again stand to lose in this calculus. i understand that the conventional wisdom tomorrow is

Orrin Hatch

0:58:25 to 0:58:46( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: that my colleagues and i are pursuing a symbolic act. the guardians of the conventional wisdom will opine that attempts to repeal obamacare might make for good theater but are senseless exercises. in my view, this attitude demonstrates a profound lack of respect for the citizens of this democratic republic.

Orrin Hatch

0:58:47 to 0:59:07( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: over time, given the power of ideas and an engaged citizenry, initially symbolic acts have a way of becoming law. or in this case, have a way of quieting -- getting rid of this law. it might not happen overnight, but citizens exercising their

Orrin Hatch

0:59:08 to 0:59:29( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: constitutional rights of petition and redress have a way of reminding even the most hardhearted and most hardened of partisan politicians that their job is to represent their constituents. i have no doubt that some will scoff at our efforts to repeal this bill, but i rest easy

Orrin Hatch

0:59:30 to 0:59:50( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: knowing that i am standing with my fellow utahns and the people of this country whose distrust of obamacare grows the more they learn about it. i look forward to the day when obamacare is finally repealed. it may not be next month. it may not be next year, but it will be repealed.

Orrin Hatch

0:59:51 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: and if we're smart, we'll make it next month or within the very near future. and when it is, it will be a triumph for our constitution it will be a triumph for personal liberty. but most importantly, it will be a triumph for the american people who persevered in their resistance to this law.

Orrin Hatch

1:00:12 to 1:00:28( Edit History Discussion )

Orrin Hatch: madam president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding office will call the roll.

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