Hatch to Protesters: ‘If You Want a Hearing, You Better Shut Up’

• September 25, 2017 3:32 pm


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) on Monday did not tolerate protesters whose shouting prevented a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Republican Graham-Cassidy health care bill from starting, telling them, "If you want a hearing, you better shut up."

"I'd like to welcome everyone, and I do mean everyone," committee chairman Hatch said, referencing the large crowd of protesters.

A protester started screaming something unintelligible.

"Well if we're gonna," Hatch began before the chants grew louder.

"If you want a hearing, you better shut up," Hatch said, pounding his gavel.

"Let the police take care of it," Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) quietly told Hatch.

"Oh, I will. I will," Hatch said.

After a brief period of more chanting by protesters, Hatch turned to Grassley and asked, "What are they saying?"

"Don't touch the Medicaid, save our—" Grassley said before trailing off, apparently unsure of what the last part of the chant was supposed to be.

The chant in question was, "Don't touch the Medicaid, save our liberty."

The Senate has been expected to vote on the latest Obamacare repeal effort before the end of the month. Opposition has mounted against the bill, however, and with Republican Sen. John McCain already a definite "no," and others doubtful, the bill's future is uncertain.