Utah needs to support Medicaid expansion initiative

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  • JimDabakis slc, UT
    Sept. 15, 2017 9:18 a.m.

    Utah's share of Medicaid Expansion is $577 million dollars a YEAR. Money we have already paid. It would provide a healthcare safety net for 130,000 low-income Utah families. New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and even Montana take their money. But for 4 straight years, the fringe right has scared Utah Republicans away from taking our states fair share. That's sad.
    "When ye have done it unto the least of these....."

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Oct. 1, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    Mike Richards...even an insurance based health care approach can be said is a transfer of wealth. Would you do away with that as well? A better word than "transfer" is "share". That is share the cost so that all can "afford" reasonable health care. Cost sharing can be done through a profit based private system or some kind of a non profit system, government sponsored or otherwise.

    Your rigid demand for legal specificity is a red herring at best. There are many programs and well accepted ideas that find no specific mention in the Constitution. And, if the states or private insurance plans would have provided universal coverage then we would already have it, and this discussion about the need for expanded medicare would be moot

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Poverty existed before Obamacre, and it will continue to exist despite Obamacare. You are trying to draw a connection where there is none.

    See the articles about marriage and the effect it has on reducing poverty – much more effective and less costly than Obamacare.

    “Get real jobs rather than leech off our bloated system.” You’re talking about those who demand free healthcare – those on medicade and other state subsidized healthcare plans, right?

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    Expansion of an underfunded and unfundable program does not seem like the answer to me to provide "quality" healthcare to all our citizens. It does seem like a way for the Doc to at least get some pay for care his/her forefather/mothers in the profession provided for free.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    Many would say that the single biggest threat to our children's well being is man-made global warming. Let's not lose sight of the "big picture" of global apocalyptic doom by focusing on transient poverty.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    I agree with Mike Richard's comment: "Transferring the responsibility for your family's health to others is wrong."

    So now that ACA would require all families to become responsible for their own health care, why is he so adamantly opposed to it?

    Isn't ACA exactly what he wants? Would it be okay if it had been a Republican and not Democrat who had achieved what Obama achieved?

    Hypocrisy, Mike. Hypocrisy.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Professional Drs. groups should tell the pharmaceutical and medical device reps. that instead of providing free catered lunches or steak cookouts for Drs.(yes, its not a very well kept secret that "salespersons" of various medical companies lavish all kinds of free gifts on medical personnel) that they instead DONATE that money to provide medical care.

    There IS a finite amount of money that we'll spend on medical care (even if we do have insurance)but the medical industry doesn't seem to understand that!

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    We already have SCHIP which helps provide healthcare for low income families.

    Utah won't expand Medicaid because most Utahns are opposed to Obamacare as are other states who will be refusing to implement the expansion of Medicaid.

    I think I speak for other Utahns when I say we are tired of being told that we have to pay for more and more things that we can't afford. The medical delivery system (drs. hospitals, insurance co.'s and pharmaceutical co's.)seem to think that we have endless amounts of money to pay for whatever things they dream up.

    How about this: why not get groups of Drs. to "sponsor" checkups and/or well child checkups for a group of kids at elementary schools, similar to how businesses "sponsor" schools. Many businesses (Harmons, Smiths, McDonalds, etc.)pay thousands of dollars either in direct aid or by releasing their employees to "sponsor" school kids.

    At this point I'm much more concerned about the middle class than I am the poor kids. The poor kids have all kinds of safety nets. The middle class don't.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 30, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    The duties of the Federal Government do not include giving us aspirin or for paying for medical bills. Look it up yourself. EVERY duty that Congress has authority to tax us for is listed in Article 1, Section 8. Amendment 10 clearly states that ALL other duties are to be left to the States and to the People. That leaves no wriggle room for those who tell us that all of their social programs are included in "general welfare". General Welfare items are enumerated (listed) in plain sight where everyone can see for themselves what duties we have assigned to the Federal Government.

    No society can thrive when almost 50% of its citizens demand that others pay for their wants, needs and desires. The principle of self-reliance must be re-established in our lives. FDR crippled this nation when he taught people to look to Washington. He failed us and his principles destroyed many families who bought into his nonsense. Obama is teaching us that it is necessary and good to demand that some "rich guy" pay for everything.

    Transferring the responsibility for your family's health to others is wrong.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Get a single payer system.

    There's a reason why every other industrialized country has it. We're not smarter than they are, that's for sure. Not with millions of Americans uninsured and just hoping that they don't get sick. The #1 reason why Americans go bankrupt is because of health care costs. Unbelievable.

    And on top of everything, we pay twice as much for health care as the next country!

    I think we're being completely taken for a ride. Get rid of health insurance. Those folks can go back to school or something. Get real jobs rather than leech off our bloated system.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    First, admit we already mostly have a single payer system. Let's fix it and roll it out for everyone.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Sept. 30, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Or get rid of it all together since it is your responsibility to care for your family. Famil and individuals can help. It's not the governments though.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Sept. 30, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Amen, Amen. There is no excuse for delay either. Obama will be reelected and the Dems will control the Senate. So, get it in gear Governor H. When the life or health of children is at risk there is no reason to play politics.