The biggest debate of this past legislative session was over how Utah should provide health care for people who cannot afford insurance. Should Utah expand Medicaid as indicated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? At its heart this is what the debate over “Healthy Utah” is all about. As colleagues in the Utah State Senate, the two of us have disagreed on this issue.
While we differ on the role the federal government should play in our day-to-day health care decisions, we do agree that we must do all we can to provide access to quality care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay, by both government and private efforts. (more…)