GOP Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (Utah) reportedly directed a few profane insults toward President Obama's healthcare law in a speech late last week.

During at an appearance at an event sponsored by the Utah State University College Republicans, Hatch was asked whether he thought the nation's healthcare system needs serious reforms. He acknowledged that states have different problems when it comes to healthcare, but called the federal law Democrats passed last year a "dumb-ass program" that will not solve them.


"Every state has different demographics, every state has different problems," Hatch said, according to a Utah Statesman report published Monday. "It's good to allow them to work out their own problems rather than a one-size-fits-all federal government, dumb-ass program. It really is an awful piece of crap."

Hatch apologized for swearing, according to the Statesman. Hatch explained that "he does not swear often. He said he is passionate about the health care debate and would repent for using the words that he did," the Statesman wrote. 

Hatch's office did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill.

The senior Utah senator currently serves as ranking member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, but could face a tough primary challenge from the right when he is up for reelection in 2012. 

Hatch has opposed the healthcare law from the get-go, but he has reached out to Tea Party activists in order to display his conservative credentials to the grassroots activists.

Tea Partiers helped propel Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Senate to vote on 9/11 victims bill on Tuesday Meghan McCain slams Rand Paul over blocking 9/11 compensation funding: 'This is a disgrace' MORE to GOP convention victory over then-Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) last year. Lee won the general election and joined the newly-formed Senate Tea Party Caucus this year.

Hatch told the Utah State audience he is ready for the challenge of running for a seventh term.

"Anybody who wants to can run against me, that's their right, but all I can say is I intend to win," he said. "When people look at what I've done, what I can do and how hard I've worked, I they're going to say, ‘Hey, that experience is good for Utah and the nation as well.'"