Guest opinion: The stable bridge to a healthier Utah

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 12, 2019 8:28 a.m.

    To "dulce et decorum est" so when the Fox article pointed out that "at least 21,904 people have died on waiting lists in ObamaCare expansion states nationwide" you saw that as a success of Medicaid expansion?

    You didn't see the denials for care to be done in homes rather than institutions?

    Are you sure you read the articles, because when I read them I see that people suffered, and apparently thousands have died while waiting for the promised care.

  • dulce et decorum est , 00
    April 11, 2019 10:02 p.m.

    @RedShirtHarvard - Cambridge, MA

    I read the Fox News article and carefully reviewed the Mercatus Center report, but do not find support in the underlying data for your inference that the expansion of medicaid has resulted in denial of coverage for more serious medical conditions. The Fox article is cleverly written to make it appear that this inference follows, but really it only talks about a previously underfunded medicaid program that neither received more or less funding in the wake of the ACA. The Mercatus Center report is quite lengthy. (Incidentally, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is a Koch brother funded think tank.) However, I did not find the article to be on point.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 11, 2019 9:51 a.m.

    I’d rather we had not expanded at all, so this is better than what could have been.

    Too bad the proposition was not upfront and honest in the tax increase that would have been required to pay for it. This seems to be a reasonable use of the tax increase that was buried and obscured in the proposition.

  • RedShirtHarvard Cambridge, MA
    April 11, 2019 9:38 a.m.

    To "dulce et decorum est " see "EVIDENCE IS MOUNTING: The Affordable Care Act Has Worsened Medicaid’s Structural Problems" at George Mason University.

    They found that "Enrollment has been higher than expected. In the states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA, far more people are enrolling in Medicaid—upwards of 50 percent more—than the Congressional Budget Office expected before the expansion took effect in 2014"

    They also found that " Tennessee’s large Medicaid expansion in the 1990s failed to produce discernible changes in healthcare utilization and actually showed worse self-reported health and population death rates relative to the changes in Tennessee’s bordering states."

    See also "ObamaCare Medicaid expansion hurts people with disabilities and the seriously ill" at Fox News

  • dulce et decorum est , 00
    April 11, 2019 9:04 a.m.

    @RedShirtHarvard - Cambridge, MA

    "in states where they have expanded Medicaid they have ended up having to reduce coverage for the truley sick as more healthy people are added to the Medicaid rolls."

    Please substantiate this claim with a citation . That is not how medicaid works. Besides, more healthy people should not be a significant burden.

  • RedShirtHarvard Cambridge, MA
    April 11, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    To "gilet jaune" but in states where they have expanded Medicaid they have ended up having to reduce coverage for the truely sick as more healthy people are added to the Medicaid rolls.

    What is better covering healthy people that can work or helping the sick that can't or barely can work?

    That is the decision that we have to look at.

  • gilet jaune , 00
    April 10, 2019 11:37 p.m.

    The legislature's commitment to a tired ideology has ended up costing us more to cover fewer people in contradiction to the voice of the people of Utah. The points made in this opinion piece also support the reasonableness of extending medicaid to the extent for which we have long been missing out on the offered federal funding.