By general reading, message bills, which may be sponsored by Democrats or Republicans alike, are measures that attempt to change state law in a manner that directs a certain political or societal agenda.
The real life impacts of message bills are debatable, some may, if found constitutional and not challenged in the courts, provide concrete change. Other message bills are never enforced or are struck down in the courts, if they pass and are signed into law by the governor.
Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, on Monday introduced HB364, Nullification of Federal Health Care.
The bill reasserts the Health Care Compact and its states’ rights over health care – of course, just the opposite of Obamacare, which is a national attempt at health care reform.
And HB364 instructs Utah’s representative to the Interstate Advisory Health Care Commission to work to “nullify” federal health care reform.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that Obamacare is constitutional.
And it appears that Utah will not modify Avenue H, its own health care exchange, so it can become part of Obamacare.
Instead, legislative GOP leaders say they want GOP Gov. Gary Herbert to require the federal government to run Utah’s health care exchange, where citizens and small businesses can shop for their own health care insurance providers.