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Published: Monday, Dec. 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Smart letter.

Today we have people cut off from food stamps….

Happy Holidays.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad the highly-moral Governor hasn't gotten so worked up over the filthy air.

ProSteve
Salt Lake City, UT

Imagine a similar financial arrangement for the expansion of Hill Air Force Base. Herbert would not have turned that down. This is a sad day for Utah.

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

A very intelligent letter about a very simple subject. It said it all. There are people starving and needing medical care in our State. They could more easily receive if politics by Herbert were not involved.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Well at least he got to show us how much he hates President Obama, and isn't that more important than 100,000 Utah residents having access to healthcare?

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Of course some of you blame the Governor. Since government is your source for food, for clothing, for housing, and for handkerchiefs to wipe your nose. You have lost all ambition and you have lost the concept of agency and accountability. You want life handed to you on a platter as if the "government" needs to provide you a banquet.

Just who pays for your "banquet"? Did you ever stop to think that every "free gift" the the government "gives" you is paid for by those who have not lost their ambition and have not forgotten what agency and accountability mean?

Sure, you can blame the governor, but why not get off your couch and take care of your own responsibilities? But, you won't do that. It's so much easier to blame government for not sending a limo to drive you to the food bank or to take you to your "free" doctor's appointment.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Mike Richards
Most of us complaining have health insurance. We just happen to care about what happens to other people too.

There's a friend of mine who doesn't have health insurance and doesn't qualify for Obamacare subsidies because she makes an income level that the ACA assumed would be taken care of by getting the Medicaid expansion. Now that states have the option to not expand it there's a donut hole of sorts that exists that people in these red states are falling into. Now we could just fix that by expanding the range of who qualifies for subsidies so that those not getting the Medicaid expansion at least get that... but Republicans refuse to do anything that doesn't involve tearing down the law.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I second the nomination, underscored by his efforts to maintain a law deemed unconstitutional.

J Thompson
SPRINGVILLE, UT

alt134,

The Constitution does not allow any person to receive anything for his personal welfare from the Federal Government. General Welfare is not Personal Welfare.

If you want to help someone with his health-care needs, YOU can open your wallet and give all that you want to that person or to his health-care providers. YOU can show your love and concern for that person by transferring your wealth to him or her. The government is not authorized to force me to open my wallet to help YOUR friend. As a Christian, I help many, as many as my funds allow. There is no compulsion from my church to do that, but my church teaches me to live as Christ lived. Christ NEVER asked the government for assistance. He NEVER asked the government to force anyone to be kind or charitable. Those who mix Christ's teachings with ObamaCare know too little about Christ to understand that He abhors force and that he taught and still teaches through His prophets, agency and accountability.

Not one Republican voted for ObamaCare. Not one. Almost every Democrat swallowed "forced charity", hook, line and sinker.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "Bob Velkinburgh" by not expanding Medicaid like the feds wanted, he actually is saving the state in the long run. The strings that the Feds attached to the expanded Medicaid bill would have hurt the economy more once the federal funding dried up. The Federal Government is the "Scrooge" here. The Feds want to set up the poor houses, have you pay your taxes, and let the government care for the poor.

Why should we give up future freedom for a few dollars now?

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

I nominate Bob Velkinburgh.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Herbert for State Grinch
Lee our national representative Grinch
Tea party National Grinch
Not one Republican voted for ObamaCare. Not one. Universal Grinches.

The "Selfish Generation" of I built it all by myself.

"Christ NEVER asked the government for assistance."

He also didn't ask for their home in exchange for healing them... Republican style

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Utah's unemployment rate, 4.3%. Wow a lot of people have jobs thanks to wise governing of this state. A lot of people have health care through those jobs, thanks to Gov. Herbert.

No one is ever denied health care. The emergency room must treat everyone. So the claim that choosing not to commit to a losing program is leaving people without health care is just plain false.

BTW, Conservatives donate more, in dollars, in percentages, and in time than liberals. Religious people donate more in dollars, in percentages, and in time, to SECULAR causes, than secularists. Those donations are in addition to what they give to their church.

The Grinch award of the season goes to the ACA proponents, broken promises and all! They don't want to donate to help poor people, so they make laws to make someone else pay to help the poor.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "Happy Valley Heretic" lets look at how silly you sound.

The Grinch didn't like that others had more happiness than he did. So, he used force in an attempt to redistribute what he determined to be a "fair shair" of happiness to all. In the end, his attempts to redistribute happiness resulted in Whoville finding an alternate means to obtain happiness, one that the Grinch didn't understand.

It wasn't until the Grinch understood how happiness is created that his happiness increased.

Now, replace happiness with wealth and the Grinch with the Federal Government.

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