Gov. Herbert encouraged by Obama pledge to work with states on Medicaid expansion

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  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    If Utah returns Utah's refund to the Feds, Utah only subsidizes other states. This is not a football game. There are real Utahns caught in this doughnut hole.

    For example: a single woman earning $20,000 is between to 100% to 400% poverty level and qualifies for tax credit insurance benefits.

    But, a single mother earning $20,000 is below the poverty line and is NOT eligible for the insurance benefits.

    Dumb doughnut hole that is created by not taking our refund.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    lost in DC - Yes, Obama delivers.

    Of course, he should have said "if you like your health care insurance, you can keep it IF it meets basic criteria," but that was already assumed by reasonable people. And most of the five percent of people, who supposedly lost their coverage, simply had their coverage modified to meet criteria. They were never uninsured.

    And yes, health care costs will be much less than they otherwise would be. The bang for one's buck will be ear shattering compared to the huge costs dictated by the waste, inefficiency, and predatory exploitation in the past that Conservatives feel so nostalgic about now.

    So, as you can see, the Obama administration is enjoying success to the benefit of America, in spite of all the obstructionist tactics of angry Right Wingers.

    For many years now, the United States has had the most expensive health care in the world, without the best results. Obama and the Dems took action . . . And delivered.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    The unaffordable health care plan has booted many more people off of their insurance than the few that might slip through the cracks in Utah. Besides they can get healthcare, even if they don't have insurance. If Herbert is encouraged by what Obama says, then I worry a little about our executive.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    The most popular governor in the country? According to the Washington Post.
    1. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R): A poll last month showed Herbert's favorable rating at a sterling 73 percent, and he destroys all potential 2016 opponents in a head-to-head matchup. Yes, this was the reddest state in the 2012 election, but Herbert's popularity even outpaces his predecessors.

    This is another decision by Gov. Herbert that will only help his popularity by not being another do nothing, say anything teapublican, GaryO is quite correct about Obama.

    To the conservatives who blindly repeat the hate from the Anti-Obama everything club, I have to ask, do you also get your information on the LDS church from the Westboro Baptist Church?

  • Utah Health Policy Project Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    First, the ACA (ie. Obamacare) is off to a strong start in Utah.
    By February 1st over 30,000 Uthans have signed up for new private insurance on Utah's insurance premiums are among the lowest in the nation according to surveys by Kaiser Health News. Over 26,000 Utahns under age 26 are able to stay on their parents insurance. And no one can be denied or priced out of coverage bceause of preexisting condition.
    That's Obamacare in action... in Utah.
    Second, about that bridge to sale.
    The Speaker's Plan wants to sell us a half-built bridge that costs Utah taxpayers twice as much. The Governor wants to build a bridge that gets all the way across Utah's coverage gap and spends our taxpayer dollars more wisely.
    Would bridge would you rather drive on?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    I hope our good governor has the sense not to beleive anything coming from BO's mouth.

    conservatives don't care about others' unmet needs? more so than liberals - conservatives donate more of their OWN time, money, and other resources for the care of the poor than liberals. Unless, of course, you count liberals' demands that other peoples' money be given to care for the needy.

    BO delivers?

    the list is too long, but let's start with "if you like your current plan, you can keep it" and "the cost per family will decrease by $2500 per year"

    NOTHING BO has delivered has been good.

    I see our usual leftist suspects choose not to name any promises BO has actually delivered on. They just take shots at those who see through BO's lies.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:13 a.m.

    In spite of all the negative comments from Conservatives, the fact is . . . Barack (the Mailman) Obama delivers.

    In spite of incessant obstructionism from Right Wingers, No Drama Obama who got Osama is still delivering on his promises.

    The Affordable Care Act IS the Law of the Land, to the huge benefit of America and Americans, no matter how much Conservatives try to rewrite that story.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:26 a.m.

    Down goes the tea party for the count.

  • Ricardo Carvalho Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 5:17 a.m.

    Dear Governor. Thanks for being thoughtful about our interaction with the federal government. We do not need a knee-jerk conservative who can only repeat the mantra "Federal government bad! Obama bad!"

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:33 a.m.

    OK, the right wingers here make their snarky comments. Do they care about those with unmet medical needs? I thought not. They'd rather take pot shots and the president. This is getting very old.

  • pby47 St George, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:10 a.m.

    Governor, you can't be that naive. Obama hasn't spoken a word or truth in six years, and you believe him now? You should state publicly "Mr. President, you've lied to this country every time you've opened your mouth, and we don't believe you now either. You're driving this country to destruction, please stop, resign, go back to Chicago, but leave the White House so we have some slim chance of recovering from all the damage you have inflicted on this country."

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Feb. 24, 2014 9:23 p.m.

    Let's get someone in there everyone can believe all the time - Dick Cheney.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 8:18 p.m.

    Dear Governor Herbert- I applaud your eagerness to "cooperate."

    However, you certainly must have noticed by now that President Obama NEVER does what he says, and quite often does the exact opposite, after milking all the good publicity value of his statements.

    You cannot trust Obama. Period.

    Do not fall for the bait of "We'll pay most of the bills now" and sign on to a deal that commits Utahns to pay most of the bills for eternity for the illusion of helping today's uninsured.

    Stand firm, and know when to walk away. Tomorrow would be a good time.

  • California Steve Hanford, CA
    Feb. 24, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    Dear Governor:
    I have a bridge for sale.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    So...... the Pres. "promised" to work with states on Medicaid expansion?

    How much are his "promises" worth - at this point? (no, I won't bother to list all the unkept promises from this Pres.)

    They must have been serving White House "koolaid" at this event.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Feb. 24, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    "If you like your insurance, you can keep it."
    "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
    "The Affordable Care Act will save $2500 a year."

    Good Luck Governor.