Hatch Cosponsored the Individual Mandate

By Russ Walker, 02/15/12

If you watch television, listen to the radio, or read your mail you’ve probably already gotten the fairytale being told by Orrin Hatch: he’s “a conservative who’ll fight Big Government, repeal health care’s individual mandate, and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment”—all things he apparently couldn’t do after 36 years in Washington.

That’s because the story Hatch is telling Utahns is false. He’s been a champion of liberal policies for six terms in the U.S. Senate, even cosponsoring the individual mandate in health care that led to ObamaCare!

Beginning in 1993, Hatch supported a government takeover of health care when he cosponsored legislation (S. 1770) that contained an Obama-like individual mandate. Then in 1997 Orrin Hatch joined with his pal liberal Senator Ted Kennedy to co-sponsor SCHIP, a massive health care entitlement that created an individual mandate. But SCHIP wasn’t just a slippery slope; it was also a budget buster—coming in 60% over budget to the tune of $8 billion!

And Hatch didn’t even learn from working with the Left. In 2006, Hatch cosponsored an effort to expand SCHIP even further with Democrats John Kerry, Dick Durbin, and Sherrod Brown, a bill called the Children’s Health Care Quality Act (S. 1226).  

How can we trust Orrin Hatch to turn back all the Big Government policies he supported? We can’t. It’s time we retire Hatch.

Please forward this email to friends and share it on social media. And if you use Twitter, don’t forget to use the popular #RetireHatch hash tag in your tweets about the race.

Below I’ve included the locations of all the Retire Hatch events. All events are at 7pm.

Wednesday, February 15: 

St. George Library
88 W. 100 S., Community Room A,
St. George, UT 84770
435-634-5737
RSVP on FreedomConnector: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/223072

Thursday, February 16: 

Crystal Inn
480 Westland Dr.
Brigham City, UT 84302
435-723-0440
RSVP on FreedomConnector: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/223075

South Branch Library
725 S. Main St.
Bountiful, UT 84010
801-295-8732
RSVP on FreedomConnector: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/223076

Residence Inn
270 W. 10000 S.
Sandy, UT 84070
801-561-5005
RSVP on FreedomConnector: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/223077

Best Western Timpanogos Inn
195 S. 850 E.
Lehi, UT 84043
801-768-1400
RSVP on FreedomConnector: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/223078

Crystal Inn
1575 W. 200 N.
Cedar City, UT 84720
435-586-8888
RSVP on FreedomConnector: http://connect.freedomworks.org/node/223079

Thanks for your time.

Russ Walker
National Political Director, FreedomWorks For America