The Truth About Utah’s Health Insurance ExchangeOn Jan 4, 2013 2 Comments
You’ve been misled again. No surprises here, I’m sure.
Yesterday, the Deseret News published this headline:
Utah gets OK from feds to run own health insurance exchange
For that, I was surprised. I never thought Janet Sebelius would approve the Utah model.
However, true to form, the title was misleading. This is no exception. Here’s the story.
It’s no secret that I’m no fan of Utah’s version of socialized medicine. It was a central focus of my campaign for US Senate and Congress.
As much as the governor would like me to believe that it’s a “market-consumer driven” model, I can’t help but notice that it is still a GOVERNMENT-run health care clearing house listing the choices on a website.
Eventually, it won’t matter because, Utah has now been told it must comply with the federal version. No surprise there either.
In practice, the exchange will mimic the history of public education in America. First it’s “voluntary” – then compulsory.
Wait. It’s already compulsory. The Supreme Court told us it’s a tax.
So just how will the private choices that will be featured on this website Avenue H be able to compete with the government-subsidized plan?
That’s about as likely as private, independent schools have been able to compete with publicly-subsidized schools. In fact, that model destroyed the private system.
And the health insurance exchange will do precisely the same thing.
If anyone thinks that Utah is bravely taking any position to opt out of national health care, as the legislature promised it would do with its noted legislation sponsored by Carl Wimmer a few sessions back, think again.
Note that Utah’s republican governor told the Department of Health and Human Services that he was confident Utah’s plan would meet the broad goals of socialized medicine.
What on earth?
Utah appears to be rolling over and playing dead.
The best our leadership seems to be able to do is to say “Utah won’t fund it. Let the federal government do it.”
Meanwhile, I’ll be compelled to pay for someone else’s aborifacients and services, contrary to my deeply-held religious beliefs.
Furthermore, I recently learned that the Affordable Care Act stipulates that I can’t even set up a pre-tax health savings account that exceeds $2,500. You have got to be kidding.
Now here’s the rest of the Utah story, thanks to Sarah Kliff on the Washington Post blog site:
Gary Herbert’s a good man. He’s a friend. I just have much less confidence or faith in the direction this is leading our state.
Here’s my report from my initial discussion with his office. As anticipated, it was not productive. The governor’s office is completely committed to the exchange, and the energetic young men assigned to promote it for the governor truly believe that a government-run program is a “free market” approach.
With all my experience over the years, it’s simply another Trojan Horse.