Comments about ‘Gov. Herbert: I'm an 'action figure' on Medicaid expansion issue’

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Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 8:41 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

The speaker of the House's plan is costing us how much? Is the tea party is on control of the legislature and trying to trow a tea party tantrum.

Utefan60
Salt Lake City, UT

Becky's plan was costing us 35 million and not insuring very many people. The Medicaid expansion was costing us how much? Nothing!! (We already paid these taxes) It would cover over 100,000 uninsured Utah Citizens! Becky will still get her subsidized health care through PEHP. So why should she care? She is proving a Tea Party point. That is much more important than working for the citizens of Utah. People are catching on to this, and they are not happy. Governor Herbert, you will be seen as a leader by accepting the Medicaid expansion.....really....be a leader and don't fear the Tea Party and their vocal minority. They are falling in the polls every single day and fast!

Cato the Elder
Salt Lake City, Utah

The best person to be Governor is the Governor. Governor Herbert is on a roll and I like it.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

More like an inaction figure.

cmsense
Kaysville, UT

Gov. Herbert, I like your man of action plan! Don't worry there are more of us moderate Republicans out here and with the demise of the far right caucus system our votes and power will be felt! Huntsman was very popular and would of taken a similar approach or just expanded medicaid. Now you are comming into your own and I'm liking it and I'm gaining more respect!

scrappy do
DRAPER, UT

an 'action figure' like Batman??

snowyphile
Jemez Springs, NM

Good work Gov. Blaam! Ka-Poosh!

Wasatch Front
Salt Lake , UT

The best action plan is to sign on for extended Medicare instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. Meanwhile, everyone else loses: no coverage for thousands of Utahns for who knows how long, less people covered and at greater expense for those who can least afford it. All for ideology, so our Republicans can claim they did not sign up for Obamacare and private insurers can benefit.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

The only thing in action with Herbert are his jaws! He is no different than Lockhart! The Tea Party has him shaking in his boots. His "Grant" program is nothing more than smoke and mirrors! Unless he signs onto the the basic Medicaid expansion now, a year from now we will still be waiting to see if the Feds will give Medicaid money in the form of a "Grant".

When you are in pain a year is an eternity! When you need Chemo and can't afford it, a year could be a death sentence! If you are a diabetic, a year could cost you a limb, your eyes or kidney, but then again what are these possibilities when compared to ones political future?

Talk on Governor, talk on or man up and do what is decent and right! Sign On now we are watching!

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

Who does you governor consider the "most needy"?

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

While I'm as eager as anyone to get the extreme right out of control here, Governor Herbert needs to choose his words more carefully. An Action Figure is a toy with articulated joints that is moved and manipulated by its owners, then put back in the closet when they're done.

humbug
Syracuse/Davis, UT

I'm grateful the Guv is sending persons back to Washington D.C. to start the process of hammering out a compromise and a plan. I'm glad he isn't just sitting around waiting for something. We need to get moving quickly on this. There are sick people who need help right now.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is truly astounding (and depressing) that so many people seem to have fallen for the "Medicare expansion is FREE!" bait. They either do not realize, or fail to understand that the program was set up with steadily decreasing federal funding each year, so that what is "FREE!" today will end up being paid for out of Utah taxes in the future.

The best way to provide health care to those truly in need is to (a) improve the economy and provide more jobs so that they are above the Medicare eligibility level; and (b) increase the availability of health care by training more doctors, nurses and assistants and making it more attractive to build and operate medical treatment facilities. To do the latter, reigning in the abuses by tort reform, and relaxing regulations will make major improvements.

There are no free lunches or free healthcare. If the beneficiary does not pay, someone else will. That means inefficiently by taxes and bureaucracy, or cheaply by compassion and charitable contributions.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

This should not be a difficult issue. It is really simple and straightforward. We are already paying for something we don't have. Paying for it is not an option, that has already been decided. Whether you agree with Obamacare or not is irrelevant. You have already paid for something. Would you like to have that, or would you like to give up on owning something you have already paid for? Personally, I would at least like for Utahns to benefit where possible since I paid for it.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

Re: DN Subscriber

I express my heart felt sympathy that you have been plunged into depression because " so many people seem to have fallen for the "Medicare expansion is FREE!" bait." I wish you well in your struggle to recover. Speaking of struggles, I hesitate to add to your anxiety, but am compelled to ask, while we wait to " (a) improve the economy and provide more jobs so that they are above the Medicare eligibility level; and (b) increase the availability of health care by training more doctors, nurses and assistants", what do the 100,000 Utahns that are suffering and declining in health do in the meantime?

You are definitely correct in your statement "There are no free lunches or free healthcare. If the beneficiary does not pay, someone else will." But as the Previous poster "FatherOfFour" wisely stated " Would you like to have that, or would you like to give up on owning something you have already paid for? Personally, I would at least like for Utahns to benefit where possible since I paid for it."

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Ralph West Jordan

I think DN Subscriber is talking about the longer term here.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

So Utah cons reject funding for the poor to be able to receive healthcare.
Now really, who is responsible for Sarah's "death panels"?

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

Re: Ricard0 Carvalho

Spot on! Hence the reason for MY depression and anxiety! What do we do in the meantime? As "humbug" puts it "There are sick people who need help right now."

mcclark
Salt Lake City, UT

Lockharts plan is insane, Herbert wants to give some of the Medicaid money to people who don't need it, Insurance companies that just happen to contribute to his campaign. To those that say nothing is free, you are correct. What medicaid does not cover is picked up by taxpayers at the emergency room. Turning down money we have already paid to the feds is just plain stupid.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

I don't like the plan. What is the point of buying insurance policies for people that cannot afford to pay the high deductables if they needed to see the doctor.

The more efficient approach would be to contract with doctors around the state and pay them a set fee for a set amount of office visits from the poor. That or else hire several doctors around the state to go around doing routine care for the poor. That would eliminate all sorts of layers of overhead and make it cheaper.

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