Gov. Herbert critical of Affordable Care Act

With his credibility on the line, President Barack Obama on Thursday reversed course and said millions of Americans should be allowed to renew individual health care coverage plans now scheduled for cancellation under the new health care law.

During his monthly <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>radio program Thursday carried on KVNU</a> and other radio stations throughout the state, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said the president is still promising to get the health care law “fixed” but Herbert wonders if it is “fixable.”

The governor said he is upset that part of the enforcement responsibility would be passed on from the federal government to the states.

“For three years state insurance regulators have been working to adapt to the Affordable Care Act in a way that best meets the needs for consumers in each state,” Herbert said. “We have been particularly concerned about the way the reforms would impact premiums, the solvency of insurance companies, and the overall health of the marketplace.

“The NAIC has been clear since the beginning that allowing insurers to have different rules for different policies would be detrimental to the overall market and result in higher premiums.”

Herbert said the main problem is that there is a dearth of leadership in Washington, D.C.

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