Anti ‘Healthy Utah’ attack ads come from foundation in Florida

Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 20:37:58-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A national group opposing Obamacare claimed much of the responsibility for defeating Governor Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" plan in the state House of Representatives, although the Speaker of the House said he hadn't heard of the group.

The Foundation for Government Accountability has run radio ads in Utah asking voters to contact legislators and ask them to oppose the plan.

"They must think we're really stupid," the ad says at one point.

At another, the ad says, "Healthy Utah is really just taxpayer funded Obamacare."

In an interview with FOX 13 News, Nicholas Horton of the Foundation for Government Accountability said they opposed all forms of welfare expansion because they establish dependence on the government.

"We've worked one-on-one with many state lawmakers to try to educate them on what this really is," Horton said, going on to say the governor and others are falsely claiming Healthy Utah is different from ObamaCare.

While House Speaker Greg Hughes says he's unfamiliar with the Foundation for Government Accountability, the Foundation says they arranged for Congressman Paul Ryan, former Republican candidate for Vice President, to call Hughes.

"I think the work we're doing here in Utah is being noticed nationally, and I received a call from him, and he gave us his perspective," Hughes said.