Former Gov and Romney Transition Lead Mike Leavitt to states: Implement Obamacare!

Posted By on November 17, 2012

Former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt encourages states to implement Obamacare

Former Utah Governor, and the head of Mitt Romney’s transition team, Mike Leavitt is encouraging states to comply with Obamacare and setup insurance exchanges, rather than leaving things to the Feds.

Last week, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that members of the Utah Legislature had sent a letter to Governor Gary Herbert, demanding that Utah not comply with the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The letter argued that Utah should not setup any insurance exchanges of our own, instead leaving everything to the Federal Government to create and maintain.

“Utah should not spend any state time or money” to build, run or partner on a federal exchange, declared Republican legislative leaders in a Nov. 13 letter to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

Now, Former Governor Mike Leavitt, who not only served as chairman of Mitt Romney’s Presidential Transition Team but was also the Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush,  is adding his voice to the mix, calling for states to do just the opposite and comply with Obamacare.

…it will be a “bureaucratic nightmare” for states to deal with the federal government if they don’t have their own exchanges, that states would be giving up the power to design their own uniquely tailored systems if they default to the feds, and that they risk losing regulatory authority over insurers that operate in their states under the auspices of the federally designed exchange.

In Utah, there are 102,900 children without health insurance, unable to see a doctor when they fall off a bike or get sick. There are an additional 290,300 (non-elderly) adults in the state without coverage, whose families are at risk if they were to get seriously ill.

The majority of people in Utah without coverage don’t have health insurance is because their employment doesn’t offer benefits (either not offering them at all, or for some because their employer cut hours or reclassified them as “contractors” so they wouldn’t have to offer benefits), or because they have a pre-existing condition and have been denied for coverage.

In our own little opinion here.. it seems the Utah Legislature needs to listen to our former Republican Governor and put a hold on their constant anti-Federal showboating for just a moment, and implement a good law that will have a direct impact for the better on more than 500,000 Utahns who could really use a little help.

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Eric Ethington has been specializing in political messaging, communications strategy, and public relations for more than a decade. Originally hailing from Salt Lake City, he now works in Boston for a social justice think tank. Eric’s writing, advocacy work, and research have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, the New York Times, The Telegraph, and The Public Eye magazine. He’s worked as a radio host, pundit, blogger, activist and electoral campaign strategist. Follow him on Twitter @EricEthington

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3 Responses to “Former Gov and Romney Transition Lead Mike Leavitt to states: Implement Obamacare!”

  1. Smitty says:

    Come on Leavitt isn’t a real republican, he wants to end the closed caucus system in our fair state.

    Signed the Utah GOP.

  2. Doug Book says:

    Setting up an exchange puts any state doing so on the hook for the full cost of ObamaCare while that state has NO control over how the law will be administered or what its content will be! It literally means doing the federal government’s work FOR it and betraying the American people to Obama’s unconstitutional takeover. Leavitt is a super-RINO, wanting Utah to sell-out to the Marxist in the White House. No wonder Romney lost, surrounded by such leftists-in-Republican-clothing. But then again, so was Romney!

    • Eric Ethington (Author) says:

      Yeah, so Doug it seems that you’re not at all familiar with how the implementation of the exchanges works. First of all, funding the exchanges comes from the Federal Government – not from from Utah funds. Secondly, the exchanges are MEANT to be run by the states – it’s the Utah Legislature that is deciding to abdicate their responsibility and have the Feds run it instead.

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