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Dan Liljenquist: Act responsibly by rejecting Medicaid expansion

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  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    March 14, 2013 5:33 a.m.

    If Utah is to be the adult in the room, it must work for the best inteests of ALL of its people, and accept the Medicare expansion. Once again Liljenquist shows that he doesn't have the best interests of all the people, but only the "havss". It's a blessing that he was kept out of the Senate.

  • Timj South Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Of course by turning down federal money, we'd be sticking it to the working poor--which I think is Dan Liljenquist's main goal anyway.

    It should be pointed out that all those "single-payer" systems that other countries use cost about half as much per person as our system does.

    Plus, we're already paying a lot of costs for the working poor. We pay for their expensive ER visits--all of us with insurance pay increased rates.

    We can shoot ourselves in the foot and say no to funds that will help Utah; or we can accept the funds, even if we don't like it, and help the working poor in our communities.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Why do politicians like DL fail to see that the future of health care is extremely important to the well being of our nation's future. our current system with dependence on "for profit" corporations is not user friendly and is not cost effective. Cut the nonsense. Other countries are for more progressive and responsive to their citizens. Remember poor people are citizen too.

  • Cameron Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:39 a.m.

    Medicaid expansion will cost Utah $263 million in the first ten years alone. Which programs do expansion advocates want to cut in order to come up with that $263 million?

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    I have nothing more to say that hasn't already been said. I agree with the first three commenters here. Medicaid should be expanded in Utah.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Is it ok that CEO's of health insurance companies make 7 and in 1 case 9 figure incomes while at the same time our economically depressed neighbors can't even see a DR. for a (cost saving) checkup, and/or treatment?

    I DO think the healthcare delivery and payment system could be improved. Until the Republicans come up with a way to "fix" it we need to help the underprivilaged use the system in place.

    Anyone who's ever tried to work with an insurance company to get a bill pd. with OUR own insurance knows what a nightmare it is.

    Imagine what the family who tries to make ends meet on 30k per year endures.

  • Utah Health Policy Project Salt Lake City, UT
    March 14, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Dan Liljenquist writes: "Medicaid spending will undoubtedly increase federal tax liabilities for Utah citizens, the 10 percent portion that the state will be required to fund directly will cost __billions of dollars__that could be used for public education or other worthy purposes."
    That's bad math.
    Utah's investment in expanding Medicaid is $263 million over ten years, according to analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and $160 million over ten years according to the Utah legislature fiscal note.
    That's millions, not billions.
    Liljenquist must be getting math lessons from Rep. Jake Anderegg, who completely misread a the dollar amounts in a fiscal note on the House floor this week.
    Even if we take the higher state contribution figure from Kaiser, dividing $263 million over ten years will cost Utah roughly $200 per person/per year to provide health care coverage to over 130,000 residents and significantly reduce the state’s uninsured rate.
    Paying $200 a year to provide one low-income Utahn with quality health insurance is the best way for the state to act responsibly.

  • Cameron Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 14, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    @UHPP - In a paragraph or two above the sentence you reference, Liljenquist states he's talking about decades' worth of costs. That's why he uses billions instead of millions. Which reflects the rapidly increasing cost nature of government funded health care programs. It's not just a flat amount each year. Costs will rise year over year, causing either never ending tax increases or painful cuts to other areas in the budget. Worse, simply finding someone to pay for rising costs doesn't actually solve the problem of rising costs.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 14, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    Medicaid should be scrapped in favour of a single payer system for all of us.