Doc who backs governor’s Medicaid plan likely will win House seat
His primary win does, however, reinforce opinion polls showing a majority of Utah Republicans and conservatives support Herbert's plan.
Support in political corners is also growing. On Thursday the Utah Association of Counties, a group representing the state's 29 county commissions, voted unanimously to support Herbert's plan.
"In the echo chamber of the Republican House, there's a belief that Republicans don't support the Medicaid expansion or Healthy Utah," said Nehring. "But in the real world, everything indicates this is something people do care about and want the Legislature to solve."
A doctor in the House
Recent years have seen a steady rise in the number of health professionals in Utah’s Legislature.
Dentist » Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden
Orthodontist » Pete Knudson, R-Brigham City
ER physician » Brian Shiozawa, R-Cottonwood Heights
Pharmacist » Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City
Surgeon » Stewart Barlow, R-Fruit Heights
Family physician » Michael Kennedy, R-Alpine
Nurse » Becky Lockhart, R-Provo
Family physician » Ed Redd, R-Logan
Hospital executive » Douglas Sagers, R-Tooele
Hospital executive » Dean Sanpei, R-Provo