Utah legislative leaders seem willing to give the federal government control of an essential service that Utahns need, for the illogical reason that they don't like the federal government.
The essential service is health insurance. Under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all Americans who are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the Veterans Administration and do not have employer-provided insurance will be able to shop for health insurance on "exchanges" that list insurers and the costs of their plans. The low-income uninsured may be eligible for subsidized premiums.
The deadline for states to set up such exchanges was extended into 2013. If states don't do it, the federal government will do it for them. Utah legislators say they want no part of it, although Utah is one of the few states that already has a working health-insurance exchange.