The Utah insurance gap: Why we can’t wait anymore

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  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 7, 2014 9:57 p.m.

    It has been estimated that anywhere from 100 to 300 "extra" deaths will be due to Utah not taking its medicaid allotment under the ACA. Now who is going to own up and take responsibility for these deaths. Speaker Lockhart perhaps?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 7, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    The problem is... if some people have to pay ANYTHING for their healthcare... it's not worth it... so they say they can't afford it.

    People need to get serious about what they can/can't afford.

    If you can afford cigarettes... you can afford to pay for health insurance. It costs much less. You can get a single person policy for $100/month.

    If you can afford cable TV and a cell phone... you can afford health insurance. It's just a matter priorities. Most people pay over $200/month for Comcast, and over $75/month for a cell phone.

    Many of the people who say they can't afford health insurance... either don't know because they haven't checked.... or it's just not a priority for them.

    People who REALLY can't afford health insurance... qualify for Government assisted health insurance.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    April 7, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    The Utah insurance gap: Why we can’t wait anymore’

    should read

    The Utah insurance gap: Why we can’t afford it anymore, thanks to Obamacare.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    April 7, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Too bad democrats have spent all that money moving people from their private insurance into government exchanges. If they would just cancel that mess, the 4 Million a month we are bleeding into Obamacare could give a lot of good health care to the poor.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 6, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    We could be the first state to put in place a single payer health care system. Get rid of the concept of insurance, close the gap, and get the entire process out of the hands and off of the backs of employers.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 6, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    this article is incomplete - it says we are sending $4 million a month to other states - OK, that cost will be there thanks to Obamacare regardless of anything we do.

    The article does not say how much expanding medicaid will cost going forward. Yeah, our cost will be subsidized at first, then we will have to pay for it. How much will that be? NOTHING in the article about that.

    So we can keep paying our $4 million and leave it at that, OR, we can pay our $4 million and spend another $15 million. I'll stick with the former, thanks