Unfinished legislative business on Medicaid, and on clean air fuel standards

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  • PHQ Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    What does anyone expect? Governor Herbert promised he would make a decision on Medicaid expansion before this years session. If he can not decide what do do as the leader of our state government why would the legislature commit to it! None of them want to make anyone mad, because either way someone will be upset. And we all know if they approve expansion the wealthy contributors will be REALLY mad.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    March 14, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    "The basic problem stems from the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act." Must you blame everything on the Obama administration DMN? The ACA simply sought to find a solution for those that were simply too poor to pay even the subsidized premiums available under the ACA. The "basic problem" comes from the Supreme Courts decision to make the Medicaid expansion optional for each state. And in Utah, as in other extreme right wing states, the problem is a reactionary legislature that would rather play rigid right wing politics than look to the legitimate needs of the poor.

  • Wasatch Front Salt Lake , UT
    March 13, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    Thank you for this editorial. Legislature take heart.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    March 13, 2014 1:38 p.m.

    whoops! Spoke too soon. I see that Dan L. wrote the annual cheer leading article.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Ideology main concern of legislature. Maybe they will pass a statement as to international politics or the successful ACA.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    March 13, 2014 10:35 a.m.

    This opinion piece is better than the usual, annual cheer leading article, the Deseret News does at the end of a Legislative Session. Another unfinished item is passing an equal rights in employment and housing law sponsored by the Senator from St. George. Also several education issues remain for resolution.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    IMO it's not the Legislature's job to clean our air. It's OUR job to clean our air. We don't have to wait for the Legislature to do something before we can get started cleaning our air. So don't delay and dally while you wait for the Legislature to do it for you... just DO IT!

    There are lots of things you can do now. Do them first and then grovel at the feet of government when you have done all you can do. When you are leaving your car at home, riding tracks or car pooling, using clean energy for heat (not wood), getting more efficient cars, limiting trips, etc...

    Some of us are doing NONE of these... and just looking to the Legislature to fix it for us. That's just silly! Pretending we don't have to do anything now... pretending the Legislature needs to tell us what to do before we can do anything.

    Just do it! Don't wait for the legislature to act!

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 13, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    So, basically what you're telling us is that nothing important was accomplished this session.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    March 13, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    No action on health care or the environment. But don't call it a "do-nothing" Legislature--we now have a new state tree!

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2014 8:42 a.m.

    What a surprise. The two most important issues of the session are not resolved. We all know which party can be blamed for these acts of negligence since a certain minority party has championed both of these critical issues.

    So for the rest of 2014 you can thank the Republican Party of Utah for snubbing the poor and excessive pollution (aka poor air quality) from a lack of sensible regulation.

    If your State Senator or Representative did nothing to champion these two vital issues, please vote something other than Republican in the upcoming State election.Vote Green, Libertarian, Democrat or anything else. Send a message to the Republican party of Utah that it is time to shape up or ship out.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 12, 2014 9:09 p.m.


    What a surprise. Health care, air quality, and campaign finance reform is being kicked down the road by our do nothing legislature. But hey, at least they passed oda's gun bill!

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 12, 2014 7:30 p.m.

    The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. The Legislature knew this was a big issue if not the biggest issue this session. I know politics is like making sausage, but its ridiculous that Utah is passing up millions and millions of dollars that we sent to Washington and hundreds of thousands of Utahn's aren't getting helped because of endless debate. Get behind the Governor already. Accepting all the medicaid expansion dollars makes the most sense, but at least the Governor has a logical and compassionate conservative approach that Mitt Romney could be proud of that wouild help thousands of people with money that would swirl around the Utah economy helping many others.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 12, 2014 5:40 p.m.

    Doing anything but taking ALL the Medicaid money offered, and spend it all on medical expences for the working poor is criminally stupid. Lockharts plan is insane, Herberts includes welfare for insurance companies.