State of Utah Archives: on Health Care

Jenny Wilson: Medicaid money can fight opioid crisis

Wilson, who serves on the Utah Attorney General's Opioid Task Force, has been a strong supporter of prioritizing funding and expanding treatment. Recently she voted in favor of expanding jail beds in Salt Lake County so that dealers can be put behind bars and victims can be taken to treatment. She pointed out that over $1 billion in federal dollars of Utah have been sent to other states because Utah leaders refused to expand Medicaid.
Source: 2018 Utah Senatorial website Oct 1, 2017

John Curtis: Repealing or fixing ObamaCare takes time

The reality is that we have not had a free market healthcare system for many decades. It is unrealistic to say we are going to roll everything back in the next four years. Republicans weren't ready when we got our chance to fix the problem. Frankly, I am frustrated and embarrassed that Congress didn't have their answer ready. Skyrocketing healthcare costs and lack of access are issues we cannot ignore, and the answer will come with more portability, flexibility, and transparency.
Source: 2017 Utah House campaign website Aug 17, 2017

Danny Drew: Replacements for ObamaCare should be non-partisan

One of the biggest talking points during the 2009 debate over the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was that it wasn't bi-partisan. Yes the provisions were added in committee in a bi-partisan way but that no Republican would or did vote for it.

Now, Senator Hatch has joined a group of 15 republicans who are secretly creating a plan for the US Senate. Not only bypassing the appropriate Committees but ensuring that this bill will also be completely partisan.

Source: Facebook posting by candidate for 2018 Utah Senatorial race Jun 14, 2017

Misty Snow: Healthcare is a human right; insure the 33M uninsured

Healthcare is a human right. There are approximately 33 million people in this country that do not have access to health insurance. As a result, we have thousands of people dying each year because they can't afford health insurance, and thousands more die each year because the health insurance they have is insufficient. Millions that do have adequate care are burdened with high premiums, deductibles, and prescription drug prices.

The USA currently has the world's most expensive health care system, yet we do not have the best healthcare outcomes. Dozens of other countries don't have thousands dying every year because they can't afford health insurance, and those same countries don't have people forgoing necessary medications because they cannot afford them.

The Affordable Care Act was a good beginning, but it's just that, a beginning. Much more needs to be done to ensure that all people in this country have full access to healthcare.

Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Misty Snow: ObamaCare is a good start, but goal is single payer

The Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] was a good beginning, but it's just that, a beginning. Much more needs to be done to ensure that all people in this country have full access to healthcare. The best solution is to adopt a single payer system that has proven to be successful in dozens of other countries. I am not opposed to expanding the current Affordable Care Act to cover more people. I am also not opposed to finding new solutions to increase access, provide better quality care, and reduce costs. However, such solutions should not distract from the main goal of eventually adopting a single payer system by extending Medicare coverage to all Americans. We must continue to fight until all people have access to healthcare.
Source: 2016 Utah Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Mike Weinholtz: Full Medicaid expansion & access to preventative care

Utahns take care of Utahns, but our one-party government has not listened to the people. Instead, they have made health care a political issue, and their partisanship hurts families. I have built my career by finding solutions to complex health care issues and, as governor, I will work toward full Medicaid expansion, implement state employee health programs, and increase access to preventative care. The majority of Utahns want full Medicaid expansion, and I am the only candidate to agree with them. It's not just about doing the right thing and making sure our most vulnerable are taken care of, it's also the right decision economically. The people of Utah already pay taxes to the federal government, but instead of having our tax dollars come back to Utah, the governor and legislature allows your hard-earned dollars to go to 32 other states to pay for their Medicaid expansions.
Source: 2016 Utah gubernatorial campaign website Jun 17, 2016

Vaughn Cook: Expand Medicaid programs covering the poor

Cook's platform calls for raising Utah's minimum wage, with potential exemptions for smaller and startup companies; tougher pollution-control mandates to improve air quality; expansion of Medicaid programs covering the poor; and greater transparency with an end to closed-door caucuses on Utah's Capitol Hill.

A Logan native and graduate of Utah State University, Cook holds a degree in Oriental medicine.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune on 2016 Utah Gubernatorial race Mar 1, 2016

Gary Herbert: 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

Jonathan Johnson: ObamaCare & Medicaid expansion: ever-increasing government

As the so-called Gang of Six considers Medicaid expansion in Utah under ObamaCare, let's step back to look at the negative long-term ramifications of the ever-increasing expansion of the federal government in Utah. When President Obama strong-armed the Affordable Care Act through Congress, Utahns were overwhelmingly outraged by the gross overreach of the federal government. The tax increases, the mandates and the government intrusion into our lives were not the Utah way. And now proponents of Medicaid expansion in Utah are proposing more of the same.

Medicaid expansion is projected to cost Utah at least $78 million annually--and that is on top of the roughly $600 million of annual ObamaCare-rooted taxpayer dollars from the federal government. To fund this new expense the Gang of Six has looked at several options, with ideas ranging from bringing back the sales tax on food to forcing insurers, hospitals, doctors, medical device manufacturers and drug providers to cover the open-ended costs.

Source: Deseret News OpEd by 2016 Utah gubernatorial candidate Sep 17, 2015

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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