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Published: Thursday, May 23 2013 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

State involvement in Medicaid is like getting just a "little bit pregnant." You either are, or are not shackled to the socialist medical scheme. Now we are, and although the "cheese" will pay 100% via federal funds (confiscated from hard working American taxpayers) at first, but then the bill will be partially shifted to Utah, so the state will have to raise taxes on Utahns. Of course, most of the federal money will be repaid with interest by our children anyway, because the federal government ran out of money long ago.

It would be better to reject entirely the unfunded federal mandate, and instead let the needy depend on voluntary charitable contributions (including goods and services) instead or making it another welfare freebie.

The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend.

tabuno
Clearfield, UT

So if the costs of Medicaid expansion along with the economic benefit and saved costs of more critical health care were added together, then what would be the bottom line? It seems either the state report or the Deseret News article left out the most important dollar number on which policymakers can make a decision whether or not to expand Medicaid. Some wasted report or not quite as value a news article as could be written.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

It will cost $2500, it will save $2500, it will bend the cost curve down, it will bend it up, the middle class will bare the cost, the middle class won't be hurt....That is exactly what every citizen and business wants to know - just what is the total cost?

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! The President promised us through the pass and read later bill that it would not cost us a dime more for his forced down the throat of Congress bill that his benevolence gave us and even signed with his minions around him. This was such a let down for the man that was given the Nobel Peace prize without doing one thing. He had so much grief from Senators and Congressman who didn't understand some of his policies and procedures he buried into that huge document that those politicians had questions about due to constituents. What a sad down for some of those elected officials as they were taken down the next election cycle. That clearly gave way to some lack of oversight and monitoring of Congress and the President as that involved governing and not just campaigning. The liberals of the IRS then targeted those groups that gave the election of 2010 a new group of Tea-Party people and other conservative groups that wanted truth in lending from the President and Congress. A President who would tell Congress to vote and then read is the basic dishonest and lack of integrity President. Chicago lives.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Socialism is one step at a time or the crossing of the border the military of another nation that imposes their lifestyle and requirements on the captives. I know a man from Czechoslovakia when the Russians came in, they took all their cows and gave the people a goat for each cow to compensate them for their new socialism.

In Cuba, the people fought against the United States of America so they could have their current lifestyle sort of in limbo for 50 years, sort of like being in Twilight Zone or suspended animation. Not even the Russians gave them too much support for their sugar cane. Castro didn't give up his fancy cigars to keep his image up. Leaders in the world that give up their integrity, honor, character and truth for their new lifestyle, die just as happy as they will be when they awake on the other side. What did I do with my porridge?

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