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GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Says Affordable Care Act Supporters Are 'Stupidest, Dumbass People I’ve Ever Met’

A spokesperson tried to dismiss the comments as a joke.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Thursday called supporters of the Affordable Care Act some “of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met” during a speech before the American Enterprise Institute.

“We […] finally did away with the individual mandate tax that was established under that wonderful bill called ‘Obamacare,’” Hatch said, according to Fox News 13. “Now, if you didn’t catch on, I was being very sarcastic.”

“[The Affordable Care Act] was the stupidest, dumbass bill that I’ve ever seen. Now, some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met. This was one—and there are a lot of ’em up on Capitol Hill from [that] time,” Hatch added.

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Matt Whitlock, a spokesman for Hatch, defended the senator's comments, telling Fox News 13, “The comments were obviously made in jest, but what’s not a joke is the harm Obamacare has caused for countless Utahns.”

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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.