How much of Utah's Medicaid program is currently funded by the federal
government?20% ?50% ?Nope. The feds pay 70%That's
been the case for decades.To expand insurance coverage to the 60,000
Utahns currently caught in the "coverage gap," the federal government
has promised to pay 100% for the first three years, and 90% into the
future--just for the expansion population. That's what states like
Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico are doing. But instead of
expanding traditional Medicaid, Utah's Private Option would let Utah use
these funds to decide how to run our health-care system using private insurance.
The Private Option gives Utah the authority to cut the federal strings and
regulations that come with traditional Medicaid. It also lets individuals chose
their own private insurance and encourages cost-sharing when possible, giving
those covered a bigger stake in their health care.But most importantly,
the Private Option can actually pass the Utah legislature once lawmakers learn
more about it.
I'll vote FOR Herbert if he runs again having signed us up for the Medicaid
Will someone please think about "legacy costs" and " how long"
will Washington pay. Can anyone in government think past the end of their nose
or their political future? In fact we are praying for their medical treatment
the minute they walk into the ER with or without Medicaid. The Federal
Government ownes 60% of the land in Utah anyway. Do we really want to have
another string tying us to Washington?
I'll vote against Herbert if he runs again having signed us up for the
I'll say it's a tough fight. Sounds like there may be trouble brewing
in our conservative paradise.
Gov. Herbert is a thoughtful guy who seriously cares about getting the right
decision for Utah, more than getting a few political points.I will
respect his decision, but if he thinks accepting the federal cheese in the trap
is a good idea, then he is wrong this time."The trouble with
socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to
spend" is still true, regardless of it coming from Utah taxpayers directly,
or being laundered through (and skimmed off by) bureaucrats in Washington. It
is still a trap that our children and grandchildren cannot afford.No
on MEDICAID expansion, Governor.