Utah awaits governor's decision on Medicaid expansion

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  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    Herbert cannot stand the idea that his right wing supporters may pull out on him, so he delays taking action.

    Politics. Getting the voter to hire you for another four years by schmoozing the rather than governing.

  • Benevolus Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    The US government is over 17 Trillion ($17,000,000,000,000) in debt. Over $6 Trillion of that has been added under President Obama. This includes about $4 Trillion the Federal Reserve created out of thin air because no else would buy our debt at such low interest rates. The government's deficit spending is adding about $1 Trillion to the debt each year, or about 40% of what we spend. Government obligations such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security have made obligations of another $50 trillion to future recipients. This is comparable to a family spending $70K annually with a $50K income and existing debt and obligations over $200K. It doesn't work for you. It won't work for our country.

    No matter how noble Medicaid expansion appears, it comes from spending beyond our means. The more our appetites get used to expanded spending in the short term, the harder it will be on us when the funding stops and we are forced to go cold turkey. Better to start trying to live within are means now.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 2:52 a.m.

    Ha Ha fooled ya didn't they. You talk Medicaid and think healthcare, and thats where the similarity ends since its not a fund to use for health care.

    That's why its being touted as a bait and switch tax liability to the tax payers of Utah since its not a free Medicaid grant to help the elderly and undocumented foreign nationals live out their years in servitude to the state of Utah.

    There are some in our legislature who see through this lie and know that its a liability loan to the Utah tax payers and gives the governor untold millions to fund more government expansion and non-sustainable welfare programs. Its an Obama trick that he promises the Governor at their secret meetings if he would roll over and obey the master in Washington to get some bail out funds. Obama's governor of Utah is desperate for money to maintain what they built and can's afford to keep. Our states tax liability is so severe we cannot stay in business very much longer and doomed to become Detroit of the west.

    Lockhart and others are right to reserve judgement on accepting baited federal funds.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    Pathetic! Herbert plays politics while thousands suffer because of lack of Medical care because they can't afford it! The money is there, if we don't get it someone else will. Its good ole boy politics at its Utah best.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    Even Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona decided that it was an unfair burden on Arizonans to bypass money that other states are getting.

    I think Herbert will defy the Tea Party and drop the gauntlet against Becky Lockhart for the governorship race in 2016 and expand Medicaid, especially as it appears Obamacare is beginning to look like it will survive, after all, since enrollments on the various federal and state exchanges have passed the threshold for making the financial model sustainable.

    Punishing poor people to make a political point is not a Utah value, when it comes down to it.