Turtle, the ACA was originally projected to reduce the debt because it taxes for
4 years before providing benefits. Even at that the latest projections are that
it will be negative even under this scenario. Remember that nearly every social
program has exceeded it original projected costs - some on the order of 10
times. As an employer I can tell you that the ACA is already increasing costs
and making it more expensive to hire people. 7-8 percent unemployment will be
the new norm.
What a cold hearted Governor we must have. Does he have any clue how many
citizens of this great state can not get medicaid or any heath insurance at all?
Not withstanding the significant financial advantage to the state
that the ACA provides with Medicaid expansion, most importantly there is serious
suffering that he will allow to fester on an alter of cynical political
expediency.If Utahans don't rise up and set the Governor
straight on this issue, I will be horribly disappointed in our collective sense
of charity, fairness, and decency.
Utah_1The CBO has stated that the ACA will actually lower the
national debt over the next 10 years and the decade after will see more debt
saving results.Why?Because the uninsured will have
access to preventative medicine that will help reduce medical costs on ailments
that are treated on a more timely basis. Then there is the the reduced need to
use emergency care to treat the uninsured, which is the most costly type of
medical treatment there is for taxpayers.No, we cannot afford to not
address health care in this nation. Our current system is too costly and
provides inadequate results.
We can't take that amount of money out of education. The feds can't
afford the program anyway.
Studies have established that those states with expanded Medicaid programs have
lower rates of mortality, ie, the citizens are healthier, over all. Regardless of where one stands politically, don't these study outcomes
alter this issue to be one of basic morality? I can't comprehend why good
Christians (of all stripes, LDS, Catholic, Protestant, etc) can't put aside
their political biases and support expanding Medicaid.How did our
thinking get so twisted that we oppose programs that clearly help fellow human
beings in need? It's mind boggling... and scary.