Republican State Senator Pete Knudson of Brigham City has been in the Utah Legislature for 16 years and during that time he has carried many pieces of health care legislation. He says the problem is those bills have just been “nibbling around the edges” because they focus on mandates that employers can’t afford.Now, Knudson says, the focus of health care reform has changed. He says employers would provide a given amount of money, not a plan with a given set of benefits. “With a given amount of money that’s provided by the employer, and which might also be enhanced by employee contributions, the employee would be able to select from a menu of health care plans, that which they could afford, that which the employer could help them with, and giving them a broader type of option.”On KVNU’s For the People show Tuesday, Knudson said it would not be a case of “either-or” where employers either provide employees with benefits or they don’t.
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