Letter: Medicaid expansion can save lives for Utahns

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  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 8:09 a.m.

    Lives only matter when they are still in the womb. Once out they are just some bacterial infection on our wonderful millionaire 'job creators' and 'leaders'.

  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 6:56 a.m.

    For every gut-wrenching story like this, there are hundreds of stories of people taking advantage of the "system" until the "system" is flat broke, syphoning off tax dollars like crazy, and enslaving people into a sense of entitlement. You have to tell those stories also in order to get a clear picture of the issue. On a recent trip to Florida, I watch people line up for their $90 a week of free "medical supplies". I heard them say they don't really need it all so they are sending most of it back to Caribbean and Central American family members. Entitlement is a cancer that kills people's motivation to care for themselves. Yes, there are instances when we can help people as you noted, but the program is way too hard to control.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 9:46 p.m.

    Jonathan, thanks for your help with your patients.

    Unfortunately, we live in a Republican theocracy. Although we've been overtaxed to the point of having a $1.3 BILLION surplus and an $832 "rainy day" fund, it's apparent that even with the Feds returning tax money to us and paying $90% of the medicaid expansion, out legislators just don't think we can afford to cover poor and sick people.

    They would rather pay more money for less coverage than accept our tax money back from the Feds.

    Besides, Jim Dunnagan, the sponsor of the bill to eliminate thousands from health care is an insurance agent, I'm sure that has nothing to do with him presenting the bill. He wouldn't eliminate people from medicaid coverage just so he could make a commission selling healthcare plans.

    Dunnagan is a fine upstanding and honorable member of the legislature.