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When speaking after a meeting of the Senate health care working group, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) had some rather blunt words regarding the public's reception of the American Health Care Act (ACHA) moving forward.

According to a report by CNN, Hatch said that “the public wants every dime they can be given. Let's face it, once you get them on the dole, they'll take every dime they can. We've got to find some way of getting things under control or this country and your future is going to be gone.”

This comment from the senator from Utah comes in reference to an alleged sentiment among Republicans that some Americans may be hesitant to give up certain provisions made under Obamacare (ACA), such as the expansion of Medicaid in some states.

It should be noted that Hatch is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees health care and Medicaid.

The meeting of the health care working group at the Capital on Tuesday sees Senate Republicans trying to draft legislation that will allow the AHCA to pass without the support of Democrats.

One Democrat, though, wasn't amused by Hatch's remarks.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) slammed Hatch by saying that “people who are getting access to health care are not on the dole. ”They are working families. They are, by circumstances most of us hope we don't get into, have a very seriously ill child or spouse. This is America. Certainly, we don't call people who need health care, people who are on the dole."

The adjustments that may or may not be made to Medicaid coverage are proving to be a major sticking point in the negotiations of the AHCA where Senate Republicans are concerned.

Many from more moderate states and those that are populated largely by low-income Americans are fighting against any changes to Medicaid coverage. More conservative senators, though, are looking at the repeal as a means of saving the government money.

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@rgcomega(5 likes)Sen. Patty Murray - when someone gets something they don't have to pay for regardless of their ability to pay, and that something must be paid for by someone else....they're on the dole!! Not sure what she's trying to defend. It's a proud Dem legacy to make a career out of spending other peoples money, the perfect bait to control a large and growing population who love all the free stuff they can get and will keep voting for those who promise them free stuff. That's not exactly a secret Senator. And you've done such a great job with healthcare, food stamps, and welfare, half the country doesn't even bother to work because you've made it "comfortable" for them not to....end result, we have a vast population who contributes nothing but consumes all they can. Come to think of it, maybe indolent is a better definition than dole! By the way, I work for a living and pay taxes...how come I never got a free cell phone or any "Obama Money"?      
Jeff(5 likes)Hatch is absolutely right.  While not true in all cases, once on medicaid, many never want to work again. There was a program on tv showing 3rd generation welfare families in the West Virginia hills.  In NY City, a few summers ago, all able bodied people were required to work fir minimun wages in parks, on city streets, etc.  They showed the results of this program on tv.  57,000 people were involved and everyone interviewed argued against the program.  Why should they be "forced" to work was their comment.  I don't object to the legetiment people such as the elderly or handicap receiving benefits.  I also object to refugees getting 6 months of medicaid.
Patrick(5 likes)The government needs to stay out of the healthcare field. It is nothing more than a public welfare program. Thats why the Dems want it to stay. Keep the people dependent and they will vote for you every time.