Orrin Hatch slams Obamacare as ‘stupidest, dumbass bill I’ve ever seen’
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch disparaged Obamacare supporters as the “stupidest, dumbass people” he has ever met for embracing the “stupidest, dumbass bill” he has ever seen.
“We also finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called Obamacare. Now, if you didn’t catch on, I was being very sarcastic,” the Utah senator said Thursday during his keynote speech on the Trump administration’s new tax law at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.
The repeal of the individual mandate — a part of Obamacare that requires most Americans to have a minimum level of health insurance — was a later addition to the new tax bill. The repeal will kick in next year.
“That was the stupidest, dumbass bill I’ve ever seen,” Hatch, 83, said of the Affordable Care Act. “Now, some of you may have loved it — if you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met. And there are a lot of them up there on Capitol Hill from time to time.”
But many Americans beg to differ.
A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed record-high public support for the Affordable Care Act; 54 percent of Americans now view it favorably. Since March 2010, the health care act has reached over 50 percent just twice in the monthly surveys.
The Kaiser Family Foundation pins the Affordable Care Act’s greater popularity on political independents. Nearly eight in 10 Republicans still have an unfavorable view of the law.
The poll also found that costs are the top health care issue voters want to be addressed in the campaign leading up to the 2018 midterms.
Hatch, who called himself the only senator to support Donald Trump throughout the election, said he thought Trump would be the “only one who might pull us out of the mess we’re in.”
“He still has a lot of work to do to be able to do that, but he’s just entrepreneurial enough and crazy enough to do it, in my eyes. And he has the guts to go out and do it, despite what the media is saying about him and what other people are saying about him,” said Hatch, who is chairman of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee.
Hatch is slated to retire at the end of the year. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has announced he will run for the seat.
“I don’t want to make this event awkward for anyone,” Hatch joked. “But if anyone knows anyone who’s hiring, please put a good word in for me.”
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