Healthy Utah plan would hurt the most vulnerable Utahns

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  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    June 23, 2014 6:39 p.m.

    "Good public policy requires three elements: doing the right things for the right reasons in the right ways"

    The right things....Like helping the poorest among us have access to health care.

    For the right reasons....Because we as a society are not ok with just letting our people die due to being to poor to afford proper healthcare. Thus majority of Utahn's support it.

    In the right ways...Always debatable but the Gov. has come up with a sensible plan with reasonable compromises.

    The Federal Budget is over 3 trillion dollars per year. Cost of Utah's expansion about 500 million or about 1/6000 of the budget. The federal budget may be in trouble but expansion of Utah's medicaid will be a negligible cause. Lets bring some of Utah's money back home. We already get far less than most states.

    A far worse investment was the cost of the Iraq war at 1.7 trillion and counting (billions more on PTSD and TBI treatment in the out years) but that is another issue.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    June 23, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    Yes, it is much better for vulnerable Utahans if they have no access to healthcare. Of course.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    June 22, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    Lots wrong with this position, but here's one of my favorites that Republicans use all the time.

    "A 2014 survey by Merritt-Hawkins, a national health care consulting firm, reported that on average, only 45.7 percent of physicians in metro areas across five specialties are willing to accept new Medicaid patients,". This time it's spiffed up with an official survey. The problem here is that 45% is only a bad number if the doctors are more willing to accept all other insurance plans.

    First of all nothing is said about this but secondly personal experience would tell you that if you have private insurance only about half of major health care systems will take the insurance you have.

    I think it's called slight of hand.