Rep. Redd wants to see personal responsibility with health care

Jake Martinez, 32, holds his medication at his home Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Murray, Utah. Martinez, who has epilepsy, is worried about health insurance as Republicans move closer to dismantling the Obama health care system, known as the Affordable Care Act, which he and his wife use. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Congressional Budget Office says the Senate Republican health care bill to replace Obamacare would cause about 22 million more Americans to be uninsured by the year 2026, a million fewer than the House version would. Senate GOP leaders have abruptly delayed the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act until after the July 4th recess.

Tuesday morning Utah Sen. Mike Lee became the fifth GOP senator to oppose starting the health care bill debate in the latest blow to party leaders.

Utah State legislator Ed Redd, R-District 4, says he doesn’t feel the bill is ready for passage. Redd, who is a physician by occupation, says the bill really needs more work.

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One part of the bill Rep. Redd does not like is that they got rid of the individual mandate.

“I’m not necessarily in favor of taxing people who don’t buy insurance,” Rep. Redd explains, “but I think people need to have some personal responsibility in the game. The Senate bill, basically, doesn’t give anybody personal responsibility. They don’t have to buy insurance until they get sick. That doesn’t work.

“If the only time you buy some insurance is once you get some disease, you want to go get it fixed, buy an insurance policy then go see the doctor the next day, that’s not going to lower health care premiums. People are going to game the system big time.”

Rep. Redd says he is hoping the Senate will not move too quickly to pass the bill because he doesn’t believe it is “there” yet.

“People need to have some personal responsibility in the game”

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