Senate GOP considers taking federal Medicaid expansion money

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  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    take the money its for people. and dont get in any more wars that make our country go in the red.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    I still hold out hope that some day we'll all wake up and realize we are arguing about the wrong thing in this whole health care debate. The reason things have become so expensive is because we have inserted private insurers first and later government subsidies which have removed the due diligence needed to make good health care choices. As a former financial adviser and insurance producer, I regularly recommended a low-cost catastrophic care policy and taking care of mundane expenses privately. You won't find that option in Obamacare. If this strategy were followed, the competitive pressure would drive down doctor and hospital fees while still providing a safety net for critical care. Now that I think about it, I believe this was proposed by a Republican somewhere before this whole ACA mess was enacted, but they were shut out of the discussions.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    Deseret News won't let me post what I'd like to say about the incredible lack of compassion and intelligence displayed by our Utah GOP House members. But I'm sure many others out there know exactly what I'm wishing I could say here.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 7:31 a.m.

    Utah may not be so radical tea party illogical right as usual.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    As Grandpa use to say, buckle down the hatches, there's a storm coming. Our GOP "big party" tent is about to get a whole lot smaller.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    Federal funding is a trap, It is TEMPORARY and is already scheduled to decrease every year, but once we bite on this bait we are hooked to do it Obama's way forever.

    We cannot afford to take the "free stuff" because we will end up paying a lot more to comply with all the federal strings attached than if we do it a simpler, more direct Utah way which we can afford.

    There is no "free lunch" and there darn sure is no "free money" from Washington.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:35 p.m.

    A much more sensible plan. I'm a Republican and find Lockharts plan pathetic and like the govenor "illogical". There are a lot of working poor who need health insurance and can't afford it because of the huge gap in what they can afford and what health care plans cost. It's not socialist to help the most needy among us. Lets face it, Republicans have been anti cost containment at least on a federal level, in some respects. For example, pharmecuiticals can charge whatever they want it seems and Republicans in congresss have been against and government intervention in this. This results in some routine drugs for depression augmentation costing over $600 per month and generic versions in Canada cost just $30 per month. That is one of the reasons why health insurance can be unaffordable. If Republicans can be part of the problem making health insurance unaffordable, I hope we can be part of the solution as well. Please let the sensible middle ground prevail.

  • jean22 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    Thank you, Brian Shiozawa, for a common sense approach to the Medicaid expansion!

    "It's better depth for the patients and, for sure, costs the state less and gives us much more federal funding," Shiozawa said.

    Better depth for the patients and costs the state less! And it has a provision for the state to withdraw if federal funding stops.

    Please support this Senate proposal!