Utah gets OK from feds to run own health insurance exchange

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    To "FT" how does making health insurance more expensive help make it more affordable?

    Do the uninsured now make more money to pay for the additional mandates and taxes involved with Obamacare?

  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Straitpath: The Governor did not "cave" - no changes have been made to the Utah plan to meet the federal requirements - yet. The legislature and the Governor will have to decide if it is in our best interest to change our plan as needed or let the Feds do it their way. The Governor does not have the power to repeal Obamacare.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    thanks for the clirification

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    Jan. 4, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    As I understand it, the Feds added seventy two pages of requirements to the Utah plan. They did not accept it outright. The Governor caved.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    Read the fine print. The feds only partially approved the Utah plan, but added a requirement that they extend it to individuals, not just businesses. That is quite a bit different, and they will want the Utah plan to "comply" with all sorts of as yet unwritten federal mandates as well.

    SO far, this is a good start, but if the federal mandates make the plan unworkable or unaffordable, then I hope that Governor Herbert and the Legislature will simply repeal the Utah plan, as good as it would have been, and tell the feds we will not bend to their diktat, and they can set up an exchange for Utah their way without our accepting blame for its many failings.

    Obamacare is an unaffordable and unworkable mess, and should be repealed, every last word of it. Get the government out of the healthcare system entirely and that alone will increase availability and reduce costs.

    Gov Herbert is a good man and will do what is best for Utah, even if it make Obama unhappy.

    Never give up our sovereignty!

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 9:30 p.m.

    if I understand correctly, this is the plan the state had in place BEFORE Obamacare. If so, Sebelius, not Herbert, caved.

  • Meadow Lark Mark IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Jan. 3, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    We cannot afford Obamacare.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    The Governor caved. He is a RINO.

  • Ryan90 Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 3:46 p.m.

    How are they going to pay for it? OH that's right raise taxes. Isn't that what the Feds would be doing to help pay for it.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    I have a confidence that Utah can do a better job on its own. Thank goodness the federal government gave the mandate that all people be covered with health insurance. But Utah government officials are quite competent at managing state government and I'm quite sure Utah can do a very good job here.

    We have the best of both worlds. Democratic Heart and Utah Republican Competence and Intellect.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 3, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Looks like the Fed's led the GOP to where they should have been all along. Affordable health care for all, not just the privalged.