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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, voted for Part D and against the Affordable Care Act, and he suggested the Democrats’ argument is as sound as "comparing a ripple in a pond to a tidal wave" because the drug program is for seniors only, while Obamacare impacts everyone.

"Utahns knew that with Medicare Part D, once we got through a few bumps in the beginning, the program would lower health care costs," Hatch said. "Unfortunately, that can’t be said with Obamacare."

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As the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, Hatch will have a chance to question Kathleen Sebelius, the current Health and Human Services secretary, on Wednesday.

Sebelius appeared before a House committee last week and apologized for the problem, saying she was accountable.

She defended the law and deflected calls to postpone its rollout any further.

Leavitt joked that "Double Down," the name of a tell-all book on the 2012 election, would also be a good name for the Obamacare implementation.

"They’re going to bank on fixing the exchanges and getting some good news over the next six months."

mcanham@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mattcanham


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