Utah developing plan to tame Medicaid

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  • advocate4u South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 11:40 a.m.

    Much of Medicaid is administered through the mental health system and for individuals with severe disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, paralysis and brain injury. Let's hope those services are not cut. Families can not become bankrupt or homeless in order to provide care for those individuals whose situation in life is not of their own making.The only place to cut is to the six figure salaries of those government workers who administer the Medicaid services.Services have already been trimmed back. Institutionalization will only increase the tax burden. People who are capable of providing for themselves should, of course be expected to do so.

  • OgdenJohn Ogden, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    This article makes me sick. I am retiredwith nothing coming in execpt SS. Medicade takes nearly $100 out of my check each month. I paid a lot of money into medicade when I worked.Now they want to take more from me.

    This article doesn't have to name a party that is pushing this, just look at the same party in the national spotlight. They say they want to privatize it or get rid of it along with all entitlements the gvt provides.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    Medicaid and Medicare do not belong to the state, they are a private insurance plans and premiums that belongs to the tax payers on an individual basis and why there are entitlement policies. If you don't pay insurance premiums in to it you have no entitlement to it. Plain and simple.

    Utah is trying to rewrite Medicaid to over throw federal and individuals rights. Utah has no right to any Medicaid funds nor the right to alter federal laws regulating it.

    Entitlement is a term that means you have paid premiums for this insurance, it is not a plan or policy for uninsured, children, and elderly or any person who has not paid for it. Medicaid and Medicare taxes are insurance premiums tax payers pay in a payroll deduction during employment. It does not belong to the state or any individual who pays no insurance premiums. The state has no right to these funds just as they have no right to any private policy paid by any individual.

    What the state of Utah is doing to and with Medicaid and Medicare funds is criminal and theft. It is my insurance keep your hands off.

    Dec. 4, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    As long as insurance companies are able to sell policies to the healthy, and dump those sick onto the government, medicaid will always cost the state.

    If you get sick, you are denied insurance, or it's price is beyond your ability to pay. Then you sell everything you own until you end up on medicaid.

    Your best off getting a divorce, so one side of the family can retain some assets that you worked a lifetime for.

  • Joe Bauman Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 4, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    Is this supposed to be a news article? It is undisguised political propaganda, editorializing at its worse. I wonder which party this hero belongs to -- the article doesn't mention that detail -- and I wonder if anyone from the other party was asked his opinion about whether Medicaid is a "menacing monster [that] threatens Utah's long-term economic stability." This report is an offense against fair journalism.