Top Republican Senator Calls for Medicare, Medicaid Reform

The newly installed GOP leader of the powerful Senate Finance Committee says he’ll use his position to push for reforming the federal government’s major health insurance programs of Medicare and Medicaid.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch pointed to five bills aimed at reforming Medicare and Medicaid that he introduced during the last Congress, which didn’t go anywhere under the leadership of the top Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Now that Republicans have control of the Senate — and Hatch holds the reins at the committee — he wants to pick up some steam on the goal of fixing the financially troubled programs.

“This is not a Republican wish list of terrible things we’d like to do to Medicare and Medicaid,” Hatch said, in a speech laying out his legislative priorities at the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.