Published: Friday, March 8 2013 4:35 p.m. MST
The Congress of our great country voted to raise taxes and use the money to pay
for healthcare for people who cannot afford it. We are all going to pay those
taxes regardless of anything our state legislators do. Voters reelected Obama,
in part, because they did not want to see his healthcare bill repealed. Most
Americans think it is a big problem that 50 million people are uninsured and
that most of those people are either poor or working poor.The only
question is whether our share of the tax money is going to come back to Utah.
As a taxpayer I want as much of my tax dollars to come back to Utah as possible.
I do not understand people who want to pay a tax but not get the service they
I'm sure if the state of Utah got these federal lands our great legislators
would be so generous to fund healthcare and spend lavishly on schools.
Ms. Layton says that Utah is much more capable than the federal government of
taking care of the health needs of its needist citizens. So why aren't they
doing it now? They've got to kill Obamacare first, then provide health
care for the poor?
Okay, but a couple of things come to mind. First, the federal
lands thing. As in ancient Greek tragedy, where a god is lowered by winch to
the stage to resolve an otherwise unresolvable plot, some in Utah are hoping the
shortage of funds at state level can be resolved by the federal government, the
"god from the machine," turning over lands the feds own so that Utah
won't have to struggle with new taxes. The battle will cost the state
scarce dollars and very probably gain little if anything in return. Federal
lands belong to everyone in the country and should stay that way.
Second, Utah's health care uninsured. Health care coverage in the U.S.
costs twice the international average. It's overpriced because health care
itself is overpriced without significant results from the overpricing.
Countries with "socialized" medicine fare as well in results as we do,
in other words, at about half the cost. Leaving folks uninsured in the U.S. is
no solution at all to a very big problem. Whether or not "Obamacare"
and Medicaid are the best solution may be arguable, but let's find a
solution everyone can afford!
Instead of having physicians donate their services legislators could donate the
money taxpayers pay for their healthcare to those who don't have
healthcare. Let them 'give back' to the community.
Good for Rep. Anderson fopr having health care providers who allowed him to make
payments. However not all providers are so generous to those owning unpaid
medical bills. Rep. Anderson now has free health care provided by the taxpayers
of Utah. There are many examples of people being forced into bankruptcy because
of medical bills. Perhaps the gentleman could try to get medical coverage
without revealing he is an elected official.
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