The Hill, April 26, 2013
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is criticizing the federal Health Department for allowing Massachusetts to take three years to comply with certain requirements under ObamaCare without granting similar flexibility to other states. Hatch, the Senate Finance Committee's top Republican, questioned the special transition period "to eliminate the use of certain rating factors currently used and allowed under [Massachusetts] law." "State regulators throughout the country have expressed to you their concerns about the impact of rating reforms on the operations of their markets," Hatch wrote to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "It seems only reasonable that the department has the same authority to offer flexibility to all states."