What's next for Medicaid? Ballot campaign pushes on despite passage of large-scale expansion bill

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  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2018 9:31 p.m.

    Sometimes I wonder if the poverty programs just create more poverty. According to the Census Bureau, 18.5 million people reported deep poverty, which means a household income below 50 percent of their 2016 poverty threshold. This is in spite of all the anti-poverty programs and the billions of dollars spent on them clear across the country. It begs the question of whether we are hurting people more by encouraging dependency, a victim mentality, and irresponsibility in so many ways. If we focused most of our efforts on education and training, pushing responsibility and less dependency, and job creation we may be further ahead. We need to help people work their way out of poverty not offer them more programs that generally keep them in poverty.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    March 10, 2018 7:48 p.m.

    Utah 2017 poverty rate level for two people, $20290. 138% level 28000.

    Cost of a bronze plan with a $6000 deductible, ......Oh, currently they are in Utah's coverage gap so they get no help. They would have to pay the whole cost of it, like $700 per month, or over $8000 per year. Then the cost of a one bedroom apt is ?. Utilities?, Food?, Cell? Bus pass?

    Currently Utah doesn't even fund those making less than 100% of poverty, and if you aren't pregnant, female with kids, on disability, homeless, or some sort of hoop to qualify, you can earn 0,00 dollars per month and still be rejected from medicaid in Utah. There are so many hoops, many who can and should qualify for Utah medicaid, do eventually get it but it can take months.

    Just accept the 90% federal match, be compassionate, and help these people. I am a yes vote on this ballot measure.

    Seriously, people want to spend 50 Million to change UTA's name? That same amount could actually save lives and turn into $500 million of healthcare with the match.

    Let people have the dignity and access to healthcare.