Published: Wednesday, March 12 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Doing anything but taking ALL the Medicaid money offered, and spend it all on
medical expences for the working poor is criminally stupid. Lockharts plan is
insane, Herberts includes welfare for insurance companies.
The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. The Legislature knew this was a big
issue if not the biggest issue this session. I know politics is like making
sausage, but its ridiculous that Utah is passing up millions and millions of
dollars that we sent to Washington and hundreds of thousands of Utahn's
aren't getting helped because of endless debate. Get behind the Governor
already. Accepting all the medicaid expansion dollars makes the most sense, but
at least the Governor has a logical and compassionate conservative approach that
Mitt Romney could be proud of that wouild help thousands of people with money
that would swirl around the Utah economy helping many others.
Wow.What a surprise. Health care, air quality, and campaign finance
reform is being kicked down the road by our do nothing legislature. But hey, at
least they passed oda's gun bill!
What a surprise. The two most important issues of the session are not resolved.
We all know which party can be blamed for these acts of negligence since a
certain minority party has championed both of these critical issues.So for the rest of 2014 you can thank the Republican Party of Utah for
snubbing the poor and excessive pollution (aka poor air quality) from a lack of
sensible regulation. If your State Senator or Representative did
nothing to champion these two vital issues, please vote something other than
Republican in the upcoming State election.Vote Green, Libertarian, Democrat or
anything else. Send a message to the Republican party of Utah that it is time to
shape up or ship out.
No action on health care or the environment. But don't call it a
"do-nothing" Legislature--we now have a new state tree!
So, basically what you're telling us is that nothing important was
accomplished this session.
IMO it's not the Legislature's job to clean our air. It's OUR
job to clean our air. We don't have to wait for the Legislature to do
something before we can get started cleaning our air. So don't delay and
dally while you wait for the Legislature to do it for you... just DO IT!There are lots of things you can do now. Do them first and then grovel
at the feet of government when you have done all you can do. When you are
leaving your car at home, riding tracks or car pooling, using clean energy for
heat (not wood), getting more efficient cars, limiting trips, etc...Some of us are doing NONE of these... and just looking to the Legislature to
fix it for us. That's just silly! Pretending we don't have to do
anything now... pretending the Legislature needs to tell us what to do before we
can do anything.Just do it! Don't wait for the legislature to
This opinion piece is better than the usual, annual cheer leading article, the
Deseret News does at the end of a Legislative Session. Another unfinished item
is passing an equal rights in employment and housing law sponsored by the
Senator from St. George. Also several education issues remain for resolution.
Ideology main concern of legislature. Maybe they will pass a statement as to
international politics or the successful ACA.
whoops! Spoke too soon. I see that Dan L. wrote the annual cheer leading
Thank you for this editorial. Legislature take heart.
"The basic problem stems from the Obama administration’s Affordable
Care Act." Must you blame everything on the Obama administration DMN? The
ACA simply sought to find a solution for those that were simply too poor to pay
even the subsidized premiums available under the ACA. The "basic
problem" comes from the Supreme Courts decision to make the Medicaid
expansion optional for each state. And in Utah, as in other extreme right wing
states, the problem is a reactionary legislature that would rather play rigid
right wing politics than look to the legitimate needs of the poor.
What does anyone expect? Governor Herbert promised he would make a decision on
Medicaid expansion before this years session. If he can not decide what do do as
the leader of our state government why would the legislature commit to it! None
of them want to make anyone mad, because either way someone will be upset. And
we all know if they approve expansion the wealthy contributors will be REALLY
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