State of Utah Archives: on Health Care

Mia Love: Replace ObamaCare with tax incentives & portability

When government gets too involved, the same thing always happens: prices go up and quality goes down. Obamacare, which is not affordable and not sustainable, is a classic example of this.
Source: 2014 Utah House campaign website, Aug 8, 2014

Orrin Hatch: ObamaCare is an "atrocious" act; repeal & replace

On President Barack Obama's health care law, Howell said he wants to improve it rather than kill it, while Hatch called it an "atrocious" act that needs to be repealed and replaced.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2012 Utah Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

Scott Howell: Improve ObamaCare rather than kill it

On President Barack Obama's health care law, Howell said he wants to improve it rather than kill it, while Hatch called it an "atrocious" act that needs to be repealed and replaced.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2012 Utah Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

Dan Liljenquist: No 5-year wait for child health insurance for immigrants

Hatch accused Liljenquist of voting to expand child health insurance programs when he was a state senator.

"That is simply not true," Liljenquist said.

"Well, of course, it's true," Hatch responded.

"The vote I took in the Legislature removed a five-year waiting period for legal immigrants--LEGAL immigrants--to qualify for these programs. That's all I did," Liljenquist said.

"That's an expansion," Hatch said.

"That was not an expansion," Liljenquist said.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2012 Utah Senate debates Jun 16, 2012

Dan Liljenquist: ObamaCare facilitates government takeover of healthcare

ObamaCare is a back door to facilitating the government takeover of healthcare. It simply must be repealed and Dan has pledged to do so. He is pleased to be endorsed by the "Repeal Obamacare PAC."
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, May 24, 2012

Gary Herbert: Sue on unconstitutionality of ObamaCare

If we as a state fail to vigorously fight to protect and defend our rights under the Constitution, those rights will invariably be seized and usurped by the federal government. I remind Washington, we are a state, not a colony, and I assure you, on my watch, Utah will not stand idly by.

In fact, we and 26 other states are asserting our right and our obligation to say no to an unconstitutional federal health care program. Over the past three years we have worked closely with you in the Legislature to create solutions to reform Utah's health care system. We are also taking the lead to rein in outrageous cost increases in federally mandated entitlement programs, before those costs further impair our ability to fund education and other vital state services. In the election last November, the people sent a message that federal domination must give way to mutual collaboration. Unfortunately, that message was promptly ignored.

Source: 2011 Utah State of the State Address Jan 26, 2011

Gary Herbert: Increase transparency, access, and choice

We understand public access to medical services is critical. Rather than simply talk--or, more accurately, sometimes fight--about health care reform, Utah has stepped forward with solutions. The Utah Health Exchange is now open for business.

This Utah-crafted solution is an innovative approach to increase transparency in the health care system, to increase access and to increase choice. Already, hundreds of Utahns have coverage in plans they have chosen for themselves. This is a revolutionary approach to health benefits that will soon be available to even more Utahns.

Our Exchange is one example of how states can--and should--lead the nation on health care reform. We don't want or need a one-size-fits-all program that will balloon our national deficit and provide questionable care to our citizens. The continued encroachment of the federal government into our businesses, our lives and our pocketbooks must be challenged.

Source: Utah 2010 State of the State Address Jan 26, 2010

Jon Huntsman: Truly affordable insurance: pathway to coverage for everyone

Nowhere is major surgery needed more than in accessing affordable healthcare. I'm sorry to have to say it again this year, but skyrocketing healthcare costs are bankrupting businesses and leaving too many Utahns with no options at all. In a state as compassionate as ours, certainly we can find a better way to cover the uninsured.

We are going to find policies that are affordable, the political will to enact them and, through perseverance, provide a pathway to coverage for everyone. Therefore, I am asking all involved: doctors, insurance companies, consumers and we in this chamber to close the gap on the uninsured by 2012. Let's begin this session by passing the task force legislation to develop a truly affordable insurance policy. But this is not enough. We must connect all people to the healthcare they need. A truly affordable policy and the means by which to connect all people will be done in this state, this year!

Source: Utah 2009 State of the State address Jan 27, 2009

Jon Huntsman: No denial of coverage because of minor ailments

On one hand, we are one of the nation's most advanced states in medical sciences. On the other hand, we have far too many Utahns who cannot afford adequate health care.

It is unacceptable that a young father who works for a small business and wants to buy insurance for his family is denied coverage because of minor ailments. Should eczema or post-partum depression preclude a family from getting affordable health insurance?

What business or family in Utah hasn't experienced rising health care costs or, even worse, had to forgo treatment for lack of coverage? In Utah there are now more than 300,000 people without insurance. That's one out of every eight of us. And many more fear that losing or changing a job may leave them without health insurance.

In a state that prides itself on practical solutions, this issue is crying out for a fix. We cannot wait for Washington's one-size-fits-all plan that does not account for Utah's unique challenges and abilities.

Source: Utah 2008 State of the State address Jan 22, 2008

Jon Huntsman: We mandate insurance for cars, but not children's health

It is an irony that we live in a country which mandates insurance for our cars, but not for our children's health. We must stop seeing this crisis as a one dimensional social issue. The large number of those without health insurance nationally and in our own State highlights a dilemma in defining the proper role of government and a critical challenge to the exercise of individual responsibility. I am recommending more than $4 million to lift the cap on the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which will allow more than 14,000 additional Utah children access to the health care they so desperately need.

In addition to the children, there are hundreds of thousands of uninsured adults. We must stop kidding ourselves that those who are uninsured are simply not receiving health care. They are receiving care, but they are receiving too little, too late--and typically in settings such as emergency rooms where the care is much more expensive than if it had been provided elsewhere.

Source: Utah 2007 State of the State address Jan 16, 2007

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