Published: Thursday, March 14 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
If Utah is to be the adult in the room, it must work for the best inteests of
ALL of its people, and accept the Medicare expansion. Once again Liljenquist
shows that he doesn't have the best interests of all the people, but only
the "havss". It's a blessing that he was kept out of the Senate.
Of course by turning down federal money, we'd be sticking it to the working
poor--which I think is Dan Liljenquist's main goal anyway.It
should be pointed out that all those "single-payer" systems that other
countries use cost about half as much per person as our system does.Plus, we're already paying a lot of costs for the working poor. We pay
for their expensive ER visits--all of us with insurance pay increased rates.We can shoot ourselves in the foot and say no to funds that will help
Utah; or we can accept the funds, even if we don't like it, and help the
working poor in our communities.
Why do politicians like DL fail to see that the future of health care is
extremely important to the well being of our nation's future. our current
system with dependence on "for profit" corporations is not user friendly
and is not cost effective. Cut the nonsense. Other countries are for more
progressive and responsive to their citizens. Remember poor people are citizen
Medicaid expansion will cost Utah $263 million in the first ten years alone.
Which programs do expansion advocates want to cut in order to come up with that
I have nothing more to say that hasn't already been said. I agree with the
first three commenters here. Medicaid should be expanded in Utah.
Is it ok that CEO's of health insurance companies make 7 and in 1 case 9
figure incomes while at the same time our economically depressed neighbors
can't even see a DR. for a (cost saving) checkup, and/or treatment?I DO think the healthcare delivery and payment system could be improved.
Until the Republicans come up with a way to "fix" it we need to help
the underprivilaged use the system in place.Anyone who's ever
tried to work with an insurance company to get a bill pd. with OUR own insurance
knows what a nightmare it is.Imagine what the family who tries to
make ends meet on 30k per year endures.
Dan Liljenquist writes: "Medicaid spending will undoubtedly increase federal
tax liabilities for Utah citizens, the 10 percent portion that the state will be
required to fund directly will cost __billions of dollars__that could be used
for public education or other worthy purposes."That's bad
math.Utah's investment in expanding Medicaid is $263 million over ten
years, according to analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and $160 million
over ten years according to the Utah legislature fiscal note. That's
millions, not billions. Liljenquist must be getting math lessons from Rep.
Jake Anderegg, who completely misread a the dollar amounts in a fiscal note on
the House floor this week.Even if we take the higher state contribution
figure from Kaiser, dividing $263 million over ten years will cost Utah roughly
$200 per person/per year to provide health care coverage to over 130,000
residents and significantly reduce the state’s uninsured rate. Paying $200 a year to provide one low-income Utahn with quality health
insurance is the best way for the state to act responsibly.
@UHPP - In a paragraph or two above the sentence you reference, Liljenquist
states he's talking about decades' worth of costs. That's why he
uses billions instead of millions. Which reflects the rapidly increasing cost
nature of government funded health care programs. It's not just a flat
amount each year. Costs will rise year over year, causing either never ending
tax increases or painful cuts to other areas in the budget. Worse, simply
finding someone to pay for rising costs doesn't actually solve the problem
of rising costs.
Medicaid should be scrapped in favour of a single payer system for all of us.
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