Senator Orrin Hatch Grills Health Secretary For Believing What Senator Orrin Hatch Said In 2010

by IAN MILLHISER – Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell appeared at a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday morning, where she was promptly confronted with questions about a lawsuit seeking to gut much of the Affordable Care Act. Immediately after Burwell completed her opening statement, committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) asked a series of questions about King v. Burwell, a lawsuit claiming that tax subsidies that are intended to help people pay for health insurance are not available in states that elected to have the federal government set up a health exchange within their state. The interpretation of Obamacare offered by Hatch during the hearing, however, is at odds with Hatch’s own reading of the law when it was being debated in Congress. During the hearing, Hatch claimed that the language of the Affordable Care Act “is unambiguous, in my opinion,” and that it unambiguously denies...

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