Hundreds attend Rally for Recovery, call for full Medicaid expansion

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  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    if you are poor and not L.D.S. then most of them dont care about you anyway. this is a state run by the rich for the rich.

  • jean22 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    To Becky Lockhart: Please accept the Medicaid Expansion!

    Your current plan to reject over $300 Million in federal funds from Utah taxes that have already been collected, while instead coming up with an ADDITIONAL $35 Million from Utah state taxes, makes no sense. It will cost Utah more and cover less Utahns. Please just accept the Medicaid Expansion and not let your pride get in the way of helping these fellow Utahns!

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    I am having a hard time reconciling the cry to legalize various recreational drugs so people can do what they want and live their lives as they choose, and then many of the same do-gooders rallying for money from the government, that's you and me, to "treat" people for addiction recovery.

    If they chose the use drugs, why am I criticized by supporting laws prohibiting the possession, sale and use, and then asked to support "recovery"? Oh, recovery is possible but many do not make the break on the first go around, and from what I have read,only when they hit bottom and really are willing to sacrifice all.

    Are there medical needs of people who lack ability or means to pay? Absolutely! The issue is how to ameliorate them in an acceptable manner. I do not think expanding Medicaid is the answer. If there were a non-profit fund supported by the major public and private entities and aggressive solicitation of money and services much could be done without the heavy, biased hand of government. The governing board could be stacked with bleeding hearts who would both decide who to help and how to raise funds.

  • ThornBirds St.George, Utah
    Feb. 21, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Common sense is going, going, and almost gone.
    No one wants to believe the crazy conspiracy theories that we hear, but just like the wizard behind the curtain in that famous old film....
    America and the rest of our world is being played by the uber wealthy bankers behind the scenes.
    Quietly, these greedy individuals with their specific plan, will soon, again, make our world into the feudal system we broke out of centuries ago. The middle class will be no more.
    Health care is just one of the many things that is included in their terrifying plan.
    The founding fathers simply had no idea.......

  • Ann Blake Tracy Logandale, NV
    Feb. 21, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Oh my gosh! Utah has still not woken up to this Pharmacuetical lobbyist group that calls themselves National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)?!

    Senator Charles Grassley led the probe into NAMI about six or seven years ago which found at least 75% of NAMI's funding comes directly from drug companies. So embarrassed by this revelation was the national head of NAMI that he stepped down from his position. If Medicaid Expansion is approved who benefits? The drug companies and NAMI do!

    But what about patients? Reading the book "Mad in America" would answer that or reading a package insert for these "medications" will demonstrate they increase mental illness rather than cure it, thus making an even larger market for Pharma. For instance Postpartum psychosis normally occurs in one of 1000 yet take an antidepressant for postpartum depression and the chance of psychosis is increased 1000% to one of 100 (find 1% psychosis in the antidepressant package insert) Or stop the antidepressant rapidly and the FDA warns you can produce psychosis.

    So, simply have the government expand funding for medications which produce psychosis and sell more anti-psychotic medications - simple math? Welcome to marketing in America!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    It's such a no-brainer. People need it. The politicians need to stop the games.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Feb. 21, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    even more Proof --
    that Republicans don't care about PEOPLE,
    they only care about money and business.