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Utah senator calls for honesty over the Affordable Care Act

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – The Affordable Care Act has been under the microscope this week in Washington D.C.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – The Affordable Care Act has been under the microscope this week in Washington D.C.

When Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelious went before the Senate Finance Committee this week, she heard right away from Senator, Orrin Hatch of Utah.

"I think we would all agree thus far, the implementation of the so called affordable care act has been an absolute debacle," said Hatch in his opening statement of the hearing.

Hatch isn't just referring to the open enrollment website, healthcare.gov, which has experienced major glitches and crashes since going live on October 1st, 2013.

He says the Administrations refusal to delay the launch date is putting personal privacy and security at risk.

Hatch says several letters requesting information on the privacy measures have gone ignored.

"So, not only can millions of Americans not login to the website successfully, but those who have actually succeeded could now find themselves at the mercy of identity thieves," said Hatch.

He also pointed to the now infamous promise the President made when pitching the law to the country.

"If you like your plan, you keep your plan," said President Obama on several occasions.

"This, to put it bluntly, is simply untrue," said Hatch.

In an interview with NBC News the President admitted to that.

"I am sorry," said Obama.

He insisted though this is a good thing for the millions of Americans getting cancellation letters.

"They'll be able to get better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces," said Obama.

For Hatch, it's just another promise that won’t be kept.

"Some studies, including one from the Manhattan Institute, estimate that individual market premiums will increase by as much as 99% for men and 62% for women nationwide," said Hatch.

A Utah senator using a big stage to call for an end to what he says are broken promises and untruthful answers.

"No more excuses, no more spin, just give us the truth," said Hatch.
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