Guest opinion: Repealing Medicaid expansion is fiscally irresponsible

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  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    Feb. 17, 2019 8:49 a.m.

    We pay for Medicaid. We work and earn money and pay in advance for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. It isn't "the government's" money. When we fall on hard times our money is available to help us. We aren't asking for "free" stuff. We authorize our government agencies to administer our money for us. Since 1965, the Federal/State Medicaid program has helped millions of Americans, including family members. As you're reading this, think about it; there is someone living not far from you who has been helped by Medicaid. And you could not have done it. Your local Church or charity could not have done it. In Utah, we send more money to our federal agencies for Medicaid than we receive back. If we expand Medicaid to cover persons earning $16,753 or less, we can receive up to $800 million more. Without expansion, we continue to pay other states like Michigan to provide Medicaid for their citizens.
    Prop. 3 was approved by a majority of voters who understood these things. We thought about it carefully.
    The initiative included funding to pay for Utah's 10% so we can get 90% back.
    Expanding Medicaid will bring more money and good paying jobs to our state. We should do it.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Feb. 13, 2019 2:28 p.m.

    Some people love being told that things are Free! but to stupid to understand that nothing is FREE.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 3:53 p.m.

    @Patrick Willard

    You are thinking short term, not long term. The federal component is unreliable. It is fiscally irresponsible to pretend it will always be there.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 1:49 p.m.

    A poor law is a poor law, initiative or legislative. We cannot even afford the rewrite by the state government. Historically, every entitlement ever instituted by federal or state government has had runaway costs, nothing is “free”. In the next few years this medical giveaway program will have tentacles that will cripple the states ability to fund education, roads, transportation, and all currently state funded programs. Free medical is nothing but a cash cow, a black hole for cost overruns. Federal program assistance funding can disappear overnight with a single appropriation bill, leaving the state holding the bag for all costs. This will cause massive tax increases. No thanks, just wait for wailing and crying of liberals when we are forced to end this debacle.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 12:59 p.m.

    I disagree with the author. America is not a nation that provides food, clothes and medicine to its people. America is the place where the government is supposed to stand back to let people pursue their dreams and take full responsibility for their own lives. Too many people have been brainwashed into thinking that others owe them medical care, that others owe them food and clothing and shelter. None of that is a "right". All of that should be voluntary from people with big hearts, not from a government that puts its boot on our necks to force us to do its will instead of helping everyone pursue their dreams.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    Feb. 12, 2019 12:23 p.m.

    Actually it is very responsible to repeal the medicaid expansion. If it isn't worded very well, once a child turns 18 their parents could kick them off the their insurance plan and put them onto the government system.

    Making the pool bigger to accommodate more people only encourages more fraud and waste.

  • Zabilde Riverdale, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 10:20 a.m.

    To the Author: No fiscally irresponsible would be to leave in place a proposition that leads the state into unconstitutional debt. The Legislature has to balance the budget. Letting foolish voters ignorantly vote the state into debt is not what the Legislature is elected to do, nor are they legally allowed to do so.

    There is no magical pool of $800 million we have already paid. Utah already receives more than it pays each year in taxes, so how did this pool of money come into existence? The legislature did it's best to compromise and fund as many as possible without relying on federal subsidies that diminish over time. leaving Utah on the hook.

    Prop three was a good idea but ignored fiscal realities. The Legislature had to change it. The State Constitution requires it.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Feb. 12, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    Medicaid was established to provided Health care to people living in" poverty."