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Published: Friday, March 8 2013 4:35 p.m. MST

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perhaps
Salt Lake City, UT

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 Voters reelected Obama, in part, because they did not want to see his healthcare bill repealed.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 paid for.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

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.

JimLynch
King George, VA

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?

RWSmith6
Providence, UT

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!

yuvgot2bkidding
Salt Lake, Utah

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.

ray vaughn
Ogden, UT

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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