Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member on the Finance Committee, said if Republicans gain control of the chamber next year, their efforts to replace the healthcare overhaul will focus on cost control, instead of coverage expansions.
Hatch is in position to lead the committee with primary jurisdiction over federal health policy if Republicans retake the Senate, which Republicans would do if they net only four Democratic-held seats.
“The issue of healthcare costs is the reason we need healthcare reform,” Hatch said in a Monday address at the conservative American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. “Yet Obamacare, despite its promises, has not and will not bring down the cost of care.”
As evidence of the law's inability to reduce overall healthcare costs, Hatch cited the 9.5% increase in the cost of an average family health plan to $15,073 last year over its cost when the law was enacted.