U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today voted for an amendment to S.Con.Res. 8, the Senate Budget Resolution for FY 2014, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to fully defund the President's health law. The amendment failed by a vote of 45 to 54. Today's vote comes after Hatch's amendment to repeal Obamacare's medical device tax passed the Senate by a vote of 79 to 20 last night.
"Obamacare has cost more, taxed more, and done less than President Obama told Americans it would, and the time is now to bring down this law root and branch," Hatch said. "By nearly every measure, Obamacare has been a disaster from the moment it was signed into law three years ago. The law is not what Utahns expect and not what they deserve, and I'm going to keep on fighting to repeal it."
Hatch also voted last week for an amendment introduced by Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to a six-month government funding bill that would delay the implementation of President Obama's costly health spending law until the nation's economy recovers. Additionally, Hatch has introduced legislation to repeal Obamacare's individual mandate, its employer mandate, and health insurance tax contained in the law, and is a co-sponsor of Cruz's bill to fully repeal Obamacare.