House won't consider Senate's partial Medicaid expansion plan

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  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Re: Jamescmeyer
    You are probably right! "The Utah house sounds like it's put a lot more thought into this" problem is they are thinking alot more of themselves and their contributors and less of those they espouse to represent! 110,000 men, women and worse yet children go to bed each night as sick or sicker because of lack of critical medical help. Help that is available, Help that has been paid for by we the people, available by a simple stroke of the pen, and yet the Governor and Legislature continue to talk out both sides of their mouths in an effort to skirt the issue! we are a State that touts family values, volunteerism and compassion, add hypocrisy to that list! My question to the Gov. and Legislators, how do you look your family in the eye knowing that they are taken care of but 110,000, a lot of who are children, are going to bed sick, or are a day closer to dying? How do you sleep at night? I agree there may be some of the 110,00 who will abuse the system, but shouldn't we ere on the side of decency and compassion?

  • sirald66 SLC, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    Dear Utah House Speaker,

    To meet your concept of "personal responsibility", how would you like the poor to proceed? Is malnutrition and sickness enough? How about homelessness and mental illness? Shall we move our unsightliness to the edge of the Great Salt Lake? Is working three jobs every day of the week and never seeing our families again in perpetuity sufficient? Should we turn to faith healers to cure our cancer? Or should we just quietly bury ourselves alive in the landfill?

    Decisions with your name on it that cost lives.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 11, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    The Utah house sounds like it's put a lot more thought into this and has a much broader understanding of the subject than people who've commented on this so far.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    March 11, 2014 7:08 a.m.

    Our State Legislature and Governor are a farce! We won't expand Medicaid to allow health care for 110,000 people, but we will jury rig the system to get grants thus allowing some of the money to be skimmed off to the well heeled Ins. Industry. People who have life threatening medical issues continue to go without treatment, but we will spend a billion dollars to move a functioning prison thus allowing the well heeled real estate developers access to prime land. We reject passing an election reform bill, thus keeping the State of Utah one of only four states without election reform. And we pass a bill to censure any school district that accepts unsanctioned Fed monies, because we are so paranoid of anything The Fed Govt. does! Arrogant, inept, selfish and heartless, in my opinion pretty well describes what we have going on up on the hill at this time. Looks to me like a broad house cleaning is in order, but then again this is Utah, land of the good ole boys!

  • Utahwoody Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 7:34 p.m.

    What Republican legislators are doing on this issue is just shameful. But I have no doubt they'll all be reelected because, well, they're Republicans.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    March 10, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    I've been amazed at hearing the debate on things like this in the house how there is a fear among our Representatives that the Federal Government would not pay us. That to me is totally amazing. Don't they realize that the reason we have a Constitution in the first place was because the Government at the time under the Article of Confederation could not pay its debts, mostly from the Revolutionary War. The Constitution gave the government the right and responsibility to pay our national debt. If we can't have faith in our Federal Government than we do indeed have a big problem. It think it's more of a problem though for the person who doesn't believe than it is for the Federal Government.

    March 10, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    We cannot afford to provide health care using funds we are already paying for, but we can spend close to a billion dollars to move the prison.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 10, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    How about we take ALL the money and spend it ALL on medical care for the working poor. Herbert wants to get a block grant so he can give some to his campaign contributors, oh, excuse me, insurance companies.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    March 10, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Our wonderful House President will reject the idea. She doesn't want anyone poor having health coverage. Instead she would have them use the emergency rooms at hospitals because that is such a more efficient use of funds.

    March 10, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    The taxpayers are paying for the full expansion whether we get it or not. There is nothing we gain by rejecting Medicaid expansion. It's not like the congress is going to apply that extra money to paying down debt or anything. We pay for the Medicaid expansion. If the governor accepts it then our citizens benefit from having that. If he rejects it, then we are still paying for something we don't have.