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Gary Herbert on Health Care

 

 


Healthcare best solved at the state level

Too many Utahns work hard and still have no healthcare coverage. I promise that I will work with you to continue providing constructive, practical solutions to every problem and every challenge that we face regardless of who created them, and I know that you want to do the same thing. No matter what issues we face, the states can and do find the best solutions, not the federal government. On this issue of healthcare, let this be the session when Utah leads the way in finding the right state solution.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Utah legislature , Jan 27, 2016

Restrict expansion of state Medicaid program

Legislative Summary: HB391: This bill prohibits the Department of Health or the governor from expanding the state Medicaid program to optional expansion populations unless: the Health Reform Task Force completes a review of a statewide charity care system; the department completes a thorough analysis of the impact of Medicaid expansion in the state.

Analysis by Health Policy Project: March 2013: After a traditional expansion bill (HB 153) is withdrawn in committee, Utah legislature passes "Prohibition of Medicaid Expansion" (HB 391) requiring legislative approval for any Medicaid Expansion proposal or funding.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 27-0-2 on Mar/13/13; Passed House 51-23-1 on Mar/13/13; Signed by Governor Gary Herbert onApr/3/13

Source: The Deseret News on Utah voting record HB391 , Apr 3, 2013

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

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

ObamaCare is federal government overreach

Obama's healthcare monstrosity is a prime example of federal government overreach. I will not stand for this intrusion into an area reserved to the states. This past legislative session, I signed HB67, which exempts Utahns from the requirement under ObamaCare to buy health insurance. Additionally, along with 20 other states, Utah is challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare bill. Federal intrusion into states rights will no longer be winked and nodded at.
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website, garyherbert.com , Jan 1, 2010

Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid.

Herbert signed Letter to Pres. Obama from 32 Governors

As Governors, we are writing to you regarding the excessive constraints placed on us by healthcare-related federal mandates. One of our biggest concerns continues to be the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prevent states from managing their Medicaid programs for their unique Medicaid populations. We ask for your immediate action to remove these MOE requirements so that states are once again granted the flexibility to control their program costs and make necessary budget decisions.

Every Governor, Republican and Democrat, will face unprecedented budget challenges in the coming months. Efforts to regulate state operations impose greater uncertainty on our budgets for oncoming years and create a perfect storm when coupled with the current state of the economy.

Health and education are the primary cost drivers for most state budgets. Medicaid enrollment is up. Revenues are down. States are unable to afford the current Medicaid program, yet our hands are tied by the MOE requirements. The effect of the federal requirements is unconscionable; the federal requirements force Governors to cut other critical state programs, such as education, in order to fund a "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. Again, we ask you to lift the MOE requirements so that states may make difficult budget decisions in ways that reflect the needs of their residents.

Source: Letter to Obama from 32 Governors 110107-Gov on Jan 7, 2011

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Chris Peterson
Greg Hughes
Jeff Burningham
Jon Huntsman
Mike Weinholtz
Rocky Anderson
Spencer Cox
UT Senatorial:
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Jenny Wilson
Jonathan Swinton
Mike Lee
Misty Snow
Mitt Romney
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