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The Truth about Brad
Daw's Stance on
Health Care

Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to take just a minute and give you some facts about how I have represented your interests in health care during my time in the Legislature. First off, I would ask you to look at my web site (www.braddaw.com) and recall any literature that I've sent out. Through it all you will find a very consistent theme: The health care sector of our economy needs to be more free-market driven and needs to provide more ability for consumers to make informed choices. Let me list below just a few of the bills that I've sponsored and co-sponsored.

Legislation I've Been Involved With

A personal note from Utah's premier conservative think tank The
Sutherland Institute.

Dear Rep. Daw,

With the passage of SB 208 - Healthcare Compact, Utah now becomes the fifth state to join the interstate compact by which participating states eventually will be able to negotiate with Congress for the return of the responsibility and authority to regulate healthcare programs in the state – and the funding to do so. Additionally, this is a significant step toward restoring balance in the "federalism" relationship between the states and the national government they created, as specified by the Founders in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Because of your continuing commitment to develop prudent and effective state healthcare policy, as demonstrated by your efforts as a member of the Health System Reform Task Force and championing of consumer-driven healthcare, when it came time to consider a House sponsor for SB 208, we naturally thought of you. Thank you for your enthusiastic sponsorship and aggressive and articulate defense on SB 208.

-- Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute

Bill Year
2006   Sponsored a bill offering state
employees high deductible health plans
with a health savings account.
2007 Sponsored a bill that derailed an
attempt by the Governor to implement
ObamaCare style health care in Utah.
2008 Co-sponsored a bill creating the Utah
Health Exchange, giving individuals
more choice in their health care
coverage.
2009 Co-sponsored a bill improving and
refining the Utah Health Exchange.
2010 Co-sponsored a bill opting Utah out of
ObamaCare
2011 Sponsored a bill improving the
consumer choice health plan for state
employees.
2012 House sponsor of a bill to join an
interstate compact opting Utah out of
all federal health care mandates.

The Real Story about the Bill Brad Daw Sponsored in 2007

By Representative John Dougall

In 2006, Rep Lockhart and I grew increasingly concerned with the Huntsman Administration's proposal for health care reform for Utah. First, they advocated a Massachusetts-style health insurance mandates in Utah. But they didn't stop there. Next, Huntsman's Insurance Commissioner began pushing for state ownership and operation of all hospitals in Utah.

Rep. Lockhart and I discussed these alarming attempts at government intervention into Utah's health care markets. We brought Rep. Brad Daw into our discussion of how to derail the Huntsman Administration health care reform agenda.

We ultimately settled on a strategy to introduce a competing proposal. We knew we needed an alternative, should the administration continue pushing its highly intrusive plan. We felt that if Utahans really wanted protection against uninsured individuals it should be the least expensive and least intrusive plan possible. Our plan called for simple and inexpensive catastrophic insurance rather than expensive, comprehensive insurance. We also had no desire to punish anyone who did not have insurance.

A bill was introduced with a couple of objectives. First, we wanted to gauge Utahans' desire for some kind of individual health insurance mandate. Had there been a strong desire for such a mandate our alternative plan would have been far less intrusive than Huntsman's. Second, it would hopefully shift momentum from the Huntsman Administration's agenda by redirecting the debate. Gratefully, the committee hearing on the bill made it obvious that Utahans were opposed to any health insurance mandate. The bill was promptly abandoned without a single vote as it had served its purpose. The Administration's push for a Massachusetts-style health insurance mandate quickly crumbled. This very clear message led the Governor to join us in championing consumer-driven health care.

We continue to advocate for consumer-driven health care and free market principles as the best strategy to fix Utah's health care system.

I believe that no one did more to derail the Huntsman Administration's intrusive and destructive health care reform than Rep Brad Daw.

--John Dougall.