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Obama unveiling his own 950 billion dollar health care proposal to reform proposal a plan to the Congressional Budget Office has as yet it -- cannot score.
I -- of the White House's bipartisan health care summit on Thursday.
Not only because of the lack of time but the lack of details the president's attempt to bridge the senate and house versions might be a wasted time as some states is saying.
Thanks but no -- they want to fix health care on their own.
Including the Republican governor Gary Herbert of the you to all the governor says that his state is already at work on -- -- ten -- health care plan governor good to have you so.
It doesn't matter what these guys propose -- you're doing this on your own explain.
Well I think states have a role -- play whether we do it on our -- we certainly ought to be a significant partner.
With the federal government and I think that's been a disappointment for governors both Republican and Democrat it seems like we've been left out of the discussion.
And yet we are having to do it in our own states and many states are -- -- out in different areas certainly Utah where their own health exchange we're finding some significant positive results.
On nevertheless with -- very quickly -- because what you're doing on your own.
You would have to swallow whatever the national government does right so -- they have this -- elaborate plan.
You couldn't just you know -- -- it.
Well that remains to be seen I guess to better with a mandate is.
The concern for many is that there's going to be an unfunded or underfunded mandate that goes on in the backs of the states certainly the time that we can ill afford to have an extra expenses because of our tight budget.
But you would entertain governor uncertain as wanted to clear what you would entertain.
On constitutional grounds that he did it.
We we would in fact are there there's discussions going on right now.
In our ongoing legislature right now today about opting out for any kind of -- federal mandated health care program.
OK so on your own what can you tell -- folks because Massachusetts they've tried this with some mixed success.
And certainly it's been criticized some on the right -- your party what are you doing.
Well I think every state needs to find their own way that's the point and what works in Massachusetts.
May not work in Utah and what works in Utah may not work in Massachusetts.
What we're trying to do is empower the private sector.
Now we're coming up who defined contributions.
As soon defined benefits -- the employer -- has predictability is the bottom line which will help them do it with their own business plan.
Then the consumer the employee takes that money goes to.
Web -- like travelocity -- dot com kind of set up.
Where they can go shop for and insurance plan that's uniquely suited for themselves.
Which introduces competition from the private sector.
And allows us to have a I think a better and more efficient way to spend money for for -- health care.
So it's not perfect but that's the idea of a laboratory of democracy.
Let the states find those innovative and creative ways.
We will find some successes will have some failures but -- nimble enough to adjust and find what works and again the one size fits all mentality.
That comes out of Washington DC is what's going to fail.
You know what they say in watching concerns that then that's fifty different.
Efforts across country and in this very mobile country of ours were people.
Move -- as several times in their lives -- across states across the entire country.
It it it it's it's not feasible for a nation Wendy -- Well I don't know why wouldn't be feasible again that doesn't mean that they're not obstacles and challenges.
But I guess -- find puzzling is kind of a new governor.
Is that why in in Washington.
Why is there have been a dearth of asking how the governors feel about -- -- the State's.
What happened to federalism.
Is there not some need to have a balanced approach here with the states at least be a significant partner if not taking the lead on the water cooler talk of our time.
Well you're you're not invited to the water cooler talk about it on my editors went -- -- -- -- Well I don't although I'm ticked off I'm disappointed that that we a year ago.
We're not in and invited it to be at the table.
You know nobody's asking the -- what do you think -- a work in your backyard.
And yet they ought to be the governors are doing things they have got ideas and we are the ones -- really have to make it happen at the end of the day -- -- We ought to be at the table given our own ideas and our perspective -- -- how do you address Health Care Reform.
I'm not a ashore as a nation we I understand what the definition how do -- find Health Care Reform this seems to mean a lot different things different people.
We ought to hear from the governor's.
Well put governor very good -- thank you very much.
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