<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Most members of Congress are still in their districts talking to people on such thorny issues as gun control, Obamacare, and same-sex marriage. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_04_04_328_9766_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday</a> Republican Senator Orrin Hatch addressed some of those issues.
“I think the states ought to be able to determine what happens. And I’ll say this; I do believe this could be solved greatly by a civil union law that would give gay people the same rights as married people. The right to go into various sections of the hospital – crucial care sections and so forth – some of the tax rules, estate planning rules, and so forth,” Hatch said. “I think we could solve this problem without undermining the very basis of marital law in our country.”
Rising costs of health care is another issue of deep concern to Utahans, according to Hatch, who has been in Utah for the Easter Congressional recess. During the Wednesday radio program, callers complained about the astronomical cost of health care and Hatch said he agrees it’s a problem.
“The Society of Actuaries did a study stating health care costs are going to skyrocket for America’s families. The study said that American’s in the individual market could see their costs rise by 32 percent per month due to Obamacare’s onerous mandates,” Hatch said. “This is an independent analysis, and it shows what republicans have been saying, what I’ve been saying all along – this health law is a budget-buster for American families.”
Hatch said there are no excuses for this. He will be back in Utah early next month where he will receive an honorary doctorate degree at Utah State University’s 126th commencement in May.