President Barack Obama finally has voiced support for change to the new healthcare law. On Monday he endorsed a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Scott Brown, R-Mass, that would allow states to obtain waivers from the individual mandate to buy insurance as soon as 2014, rather than 2017, as stipulated in the current law. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wasn’t too impressed, Politico reports
|Sen. Orrin Hatch
“This date-shift gimmick does nothing to change the fundamental problems of Obamacare,” the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee told the Federation of American Hospitals conference. “Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius was going on about how much flexibility this was going to give the states and how much better it was going to be for everyone. That’s bull.
"States still would have to provide Washington-dictated coverage and waivers fail to give relief on the Medicaid spending mandate. Flexibility . . . I believe the technical legal term is baloney.”
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