Utah is one of the few states that has a functioning, online market where employees of small businesses can go to compare and buy health insurance. Yet Gov. Gary Herbert is dragging his feet as a Nov. 16 deadline looms for the state to decide whether to operate a similar but much larger marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
There are practical and political reasons for Herbert's delay. But one thing is certain. If President Obama is re-elected, Herbert should be ready to jump into the health-exchange business with both feet. To do otherwise would cede control of Utah's exchange to the federal government. That would be a mistake because Utah officials already have experience running an exchange. It would be foolish to throw that away.
Besides, Utah Republicans always are touting Utah solutions for Utah problems. This would be a chance for Utah leaders to walk the talk.