Comments about ‘My view: 4 reasons why Gov. Herbert should support Medicaid expansion’

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Published: Sunday, Dec. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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10CC
Bountiful, UT

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.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

We can't take that amount of money out of education. The feds can't afford the program anyway.

Turtles Run
Missouri City, TX

Utah_1

The 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.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

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.

RBB
Sandy, UT

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.

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