A conservative legislator wants to give Utah a way to avoid swallowing any federal medicine for health-care reform.
"Even if the feds come out with a wonderful plan that is market driven, if it's a federal mandate, I'm opposed," Rep. Carl Wimmer said Monday. "Basically they should keep their hands off -- it's not within their purview."
So the Herriman Republican plans to introduce a bill in the 2010 Legislature that would pave the way to amend the Utah Constitution and allow the state to opt out of federal health-care reform.
Wimmer's goal is lofty -- to amend the Utah Constitution would require two-thirds approval in the state House and Senate and a majority vote of the people.
Let ne get this straight:
"Even if the feds come out with a wonderful plan that is market driven, if it's a federal mandate, [you're] opposed[?]"
And, opting out doesn't mean that Utahn's won;t be paying for this program anyway. So we'll be paying for programs and receive no benefit.
That makes a hell of a lot of sense.
Carl Wimmer: The Vice-idiot of Utah.