Conservatives conflicted on Utah

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    Utah's reform coordinator wades into an intra-conservative squabble over health insurance exchanges (specifically Utah's exchange) going on through Forbes' blogs. Not surprisingly, he defends Utah's exchange.

    And a strong finish for federalism.
     
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    The population of the state of Utah is around 2,800,000. The population of New York City is 18.000,000. Little Utah is free to experiment with whatever works or seems to work but please don't ever assume that what might be acceptable in Utah is good for the United States of America.
     
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    I don't know of any state that doesn't have an individual or small group health insurance market so I'm not sure what you're getting at. Do you think small employers should be able to make a defined contribution to employees' health insurance premiums (reducing their own uncertainty over health costs) and then let their employees loose into the market to choose a plan for themselves?

    Perhaps you prefer the current models in which small businesses that choose to offer coverage are on the hook for uncertain amounts of money and employees are deprived of choice, as employers choose the company's plan for them. It's unclear what relevance the population of New York City has to the differences between those two models.
     
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    San Francisco has the liberal version of that market, and it sucks.
     
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    San Francisco doesn't have anything resembling the Utah Health Exchange. If you're looking for comparable (albeit smaller) examples, you want something like HealthPass New York.
     
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    Are you sure you want to take that position?
     
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    The quote does NOT attempt to even imply that every State should do as Utah did. It says look at all the options INCLUDING Utah and Mass. and make your own State specific plan so that the Federal Government does not FORCE you into a one size fits all plan.
     

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