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Hatch: ACA proposals look like a “bailout”

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to pump the brakes on a bipatisan ACA effort. ((AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch this morning poured some cold water on the emerging bipartisan effort to stabilize the Affordable Care Act. "Many of the proposals for a bipartisan solution would amount to little more than a bailout of the current system. This, in my view, would be a mistake," Hatch said as he opened a hearing about the health care law.

Why it matters: Hatch is not a hardliner who plays hard to get within the GOP caucus. If he's not ultimately on board, that's a signal to rank-and-file Republicans and will make it harder for a bill to get across the finish line.