FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Utah House Majority Response to Medicaid Expansion Presser
SALT LAKE CITY – We welcome and appreciate public engagement on crucial policy issues. Harkening back to a proposal that not only didn’t pass and was only intended to run for a very limited period of time, but would also place us in the same untenable position 18 months down the road, keeps us from looking forward in a constructive way.
Since the end of the 2015 general session the group of six, established by HCR12, have been meeting regularly to find a sustainable solution to the coverage gap created by Obamacare that doesn’t put the traditional Medicaid population at risk. We are not debating ‘Healthy Utah’ or ‘Utah Cares’; there is a general consensus to find solutions to our health care challenges. We hope the interested non-profits didn’t spend too much of their finite dollars on specific plans that are not part of our work.
Speaker Hughes and Representative Dunnigan remain committed to working with the group of six to develop a long-term solution to this problem while also protecting Utah taxpayers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Utah House of Representatives
June 25, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY– Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Greg Hughes(R-Draper) issued the following statement Thursday, after the Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell:
“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is both disappointing and destructive. Obamacare has fundamentally failed the taxpayer and many of the Americans it purports to help. This administration’s damaging healthcare policy continues to undermine real insurance markets and drive up the cost of healthcare, resulting in less access to care for many of our nation’s most needy.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision allows the Obama Administration to ignore the law. Here in Utah, we follow the law and we balance our budget. Obamacare has forced states to make up for the failures of this poorly designed federal legislation. The Utah House is committed to caring for Utah’s uninsured in an effective and sustainable way, and today’s ruling in no way changes that effort. We remain dedicated to finding a fiscally responsible and meaningful solution to the obstacles created by Obamacare.”