Legislator opposes state health insurance for lawmakers

Legislator opposes state health insurance for lawmakers

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A Utah state lawmaker admits it will be an uphill fight to get rid of state health insurance benefits for himself and his colleagues.

Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, believes lawmakers just don't care about the average person's struggle for health care because, as lawmakers, they can enroll in the state's health care insurance plan.

The Deseret News reports Hutchings wants lawmakers to stop using that plan. Instead, he thinks the lawmakers should be paid what it costs the state to enroll them in the state's insurance system and see how far it goes. He says in his case, it's about $1,000 a month for him and his family.

Hutchings calls it an ethical issue. The Deseret News reports most lawmakers are believed to hold that state insurance because it's cheaper and better than what they can get from their employers.

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