Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. announced in his new budget that $30 million will be targeted to help uninsurable Utahns in 2010. Wow, what a joke! The program called High Risk Insurance Pool — offered to people the insurance companies call uninsurable because of pre-existing conditions — won't take you if you lose your coverage for some reason. For a small monthly premium of about $883 a month, you, too, can get some catastrophic coverage. You don't get "major medical" for your $883. You have to be really sick to get that help. Instead of helping keep people healthy, we pay when they're on life support in the ICU.

Dennis Gordon