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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 7:00 p.m. MST

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Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

Ideology may be offered as the reason Republican leaders oppose accepting Medicaid funds, but it feels like they're really saying, "Those who need Medicaid aren't like us, so let them eat cake."

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

In our state most people have best counsel on maintaining good health and avoiding disease. Words of Wisdom have been given to us on how to avoid health problems. However we prefer to do as we darned well please and lean on the arm of flesh to save us from our intemperance.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

this will put the burden on all tax payers in utah. it is folly pure and simple.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

oh and im sure they will find a way for there to be unfunded in utah so hospital costs will go up more. way to go utah play the party card no matter how bad it hurts the people. self interest only should be the motto. just like moving the prison will only help a small amount of people.

FT
salt lake city, UT

Looks like they don't want to follow the DN's advice.

D4inSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I'm unclear as to the logic of this one. We are going to forego the $500MM+ per year that we are already being taxed for - and by the way, will continue to be taxed for. In exchange we will "set aside" $30MM to $35MM from state funds to cobble together a new program. When The Speaker says "set aside", I am hearing "unfunded" as in no way to pay for it in the long term unless an income source (more state tax?) is identified. Please correct me if I am wrong on this - I truly don't know.

All of this to send a political message. "You Feds are spending too much money and we aren't going to stand for it anymore".

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

@lket

That's the point. It isn't the federal government's job to support and manage a federal republic; it is the responsibility of cities to support cities, counties counties, and states states. Ideally and by design, a given local government doesn't need support from the central government in terms of regulation or financial maintenance.

Yes, it is an increased burden on people in Utah, because they'll still be paying the taxes to support the federal healthcare system. That is why there shouldn't be such a system.

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

With the federal health program already in place, I don't understand why we would set aside or spend 30 million when we must pay for the federal program in either case. It looks like spending 30 million to lose 500 million. Where do we get these people in our legislature?

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

So in other words, genius Republican politicians are ready to let Utah citizens suffer so they can make a statement against Federal power.

Well, things are improving I guess.

It's better that Tea Partiers focus on harming their home states and not the entire country like that TP Gang in the U.S. Congress has been doing since 2010.

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