Alex Constantine - October 1, 2009
"It was dangerously close to a parody: Republicans demanding that fees be reduced on a profitable industry and shifted to low-income Americans. ... Consider Hatch Amendment F-7, which adds 'transition relief for the excise tax on high-cost insurance plans for any state with a name that begins with the letter "U."' There's only one state that begins with the letter U, and that's Utah, home state of the amendment's sponsor, Sen. Orrin Hatch. He wanted to send a message that the Democrats were being 'arbitrary.' ... "