As the newly elected District 4 Utah State Representative, Republican David Butterfield is excited about the upcoming legislative session and he already has his committee assignments.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Butterfield said he is also excited about some of the things that are happening in Utah to reform health care. He said the Utah State Health Exchange puts health care back in the hands of the consumer.”We hope that Obamacare is going to be challenged and that we’re going to defeat that,” Butterfield exclaimed. “If the state of Massachusetts wants to do a ‘nanny’ kind of healthcare, a cradle to the grave healthcare system, that’s fantastic. Let Massachusetts do that. “If Utah wants to do some market-based reforms, let Utah do that. We really shouldn’t be put under the burden of one system nationwide. It will increase costs.”Butterfield says we need to do all we can to allow states to work out their own health reform plan and he says different states will be able to learn from the others.Butterfield describes himself as a conservative Republican interested in states rights and limited government. Butterfield, however, admits he is high on public education and hopes the legislature will be able to fund the growth. In fact, he says, that has to be a top priority even if something else has to be cut. Butterfield is also concerned about higher education. He says higher ed has already undergone severe budget cuts and that is the place where our young people are made job-ready and a lot of good things happen. Butterfield says he would like to see lawmakers at least hold the line on funding for higher education or, even better, allow for some increase in spending.
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