I’m ready to start focusing on the issue of health care for Utah citizens. The legislature created a task force to study it. The Deseret News addressed the issue in an editorial today. I would like to know who is on the task force. So far I know the following:
- David Clark
- Sheldon Killpack
- Merlynn Newbold
- Plus non-voting “special masters” Wayne Niederhauser and James Dunnigan
All of those listed above are Republicans. According to the bill, at least one senator and two representatives on the committee must be Democrats (unless we have any independent or 3rd party elected officials that I don’t know of).
Citizens are already likely to be shortchanged by the task force when, as Bob Huefner notes from reviewing the bill, “The burden is being put on the patients and the enrollees and the insurance protection is being given to the industry.” That does not bode well. I will be looking at the bill myself and see what else I can glean from it’s text in the next few days.