UPDATE: March 2 ― Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has issued an apology for his comments regarding Obamacare supporters. The tweet appears below.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is apparently sick of people who support affordable health care.
On Thursday, the Republican politician called supporters of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, “the stupidest, dumbass people I’ve ever met,” according to Salt Lake City station KSTU.
The insult came after Hatch referred to “that wonderful bill called ‘Obamacare.’”
“Now, if you didn’t catch on, I was being very sarcastic,” he said.
Hatch then called the Affordable Care Act “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 of them — and there are a lot of ’em up on Capitol Hill from time to time.”
Hatch’s comments came the same day the Kaiser Family Foundation released a poll saying the Affordable Care Act was popular with 54 percent of the population.
That’s the highest level of support since the law was enacted in 2010, according to The Hill.
Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock tried to put a Band-Aid on the senator’s Obamacare insults.
“The comments were obviously made in jest, but what’s not a joke is the harm Obamacare has caused for countless Utahns,” Whitlock told KSTU.
In January, the 83-year-old Hatch announced he would retire from the Senate at the end of 2018. He has served in the office since 1977.
You can watch Hatch’s comments below:
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.